While Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is basically owning the box office at current moment by accumulating $607.6 million worldwide after its first 13 days of release, most potential moviegoers are now looking forward to that next big deal for their hard-earned cash. Not surprising anyone, Fandango is reporting the advance ticket sales for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has the sixth film as that next summer blockbuster.
The website reports that advance sales of for the next Potter adventure are outpacing those of the Transformers sequel and the fifth Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at a similar point in their sales cycles. Eight days before its July 15 opening, "Prince" accounted for 65% of daily ticket sales, online ticketer Fandango said Tuesday.
In a related promo, Fandango said a poll of more than 3,000 visitors to its Web site found that 85% of respondents had read all seven Potter books. The early influx of positive reviews is also likely helping those advance sales grow. At the moment, there's 7 official reviews at the Rotten Tomatoes listing and all of them are fresh for a 100% score.
Since the franchise's launch into theaters in November of 2001, the Harry Potter franchise has amassed $4.4 billion in worldwide ticket sales, minus inflation for the earlier releases. The top earner is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which found $974.7 million worldwide while Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's $795.6 million is at the low-end (if you want to call it that). There's two more films in production for the Potter gang with Warner Bros. splitting the seventh book into two movies.