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Harry Potter Movie Is Going To Fail


$100,000,000 cash

It would appear that the latest”Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” has earned $107 million in its first three days in U.S. theaters; and judging by the fact that people are still waiting to see it due to sold-out showings, it will probably make some more $$$ before its 15 minutes in the spotlight have passed.

It would also appear that the movie is being mentioned on the Internet just a tiny bit, too…

.. All this in spite of the lame poster..


I have, here in my hands, eyewitness reports of movie theater parking lots being “jam packed”. I understand also that there’s an IMAX version waiting to be released, though those reports I would have to label as “unsubstantiated”.

With a production budget of a quarter BILLION dollars (sheeze, that’s a lot of tacos), and another $155,000,000 spent on marketing (that’s $355,000,000 total) this film is going to lose money in a big way. Sure as I’m sitting here.

Now, I will grant you that the other films did okay. They must have, as this is number 6. And I suppose one should add in the video game sales (yes, EA has made a game for each of the movies..) and other “memorabilia” sales… No. I changed my mind. Not the game sales. Those are a separate thing, and I don’t think they sell.

And.. yes. The film has been praised for its cinematography, visual effects, production design and art direction, improved acting, as well as the darker theme.

But I think six is stretching too far, and the Law Of Diminishing Returns Hollywood Style (known as “One Sequel Too Many”) will catch up with Master Potter just as it did Death Wish, Dirty Harry, Predator, and the Halloween series. (To name just a few.) Hollywood always does that – milk it ’till the well runs dry – and it’s we who suffer (can you say Weekend At Bernie’s II ?).

Nah. They have to make $248 million more just to break even, and that’s not going to happen. We Americans are fickle and have short attention spans, and we’ll be on to other things/fads by Tuesday.

[note: I usually post my humor pieces on Fridays.]

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  1. what do you mean, one sequel too far? there are 7 books…if anything this is one too few. it would be shocking if they didn’t manage to make movies of the whole series after having done all but one..

    perhaps you are forgetting the global market that harry potter reaches…this film will make money, end of.


    Comment by dwd | July 19, 2009 | Reply

    • dwd,
      I believe this movie has set records in sales (overseas) already.

      This is a humor piece, which in a reverse sort of way, points at Half-blood Prince’s sell-out success.


      Comment by techpaul | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Haha! Looks like somebody missed out on the

    [note: I usually post my humor pieces on Fridays.]


    I’m sure this will drive traffic up!



    Comment by gadzooks64 | July 19, 2009 | Reply

    • gadzooks64,
      Yes indeed. Early returns seem to indicate that “summer blockbuster” may not be an adequate description for HP6 (aka Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)


      Comment by techpaul | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. owh, so It is just a kidding? OMG, I was really shocked at first moment I read this article. I was really not sure that this HP episode won’t reach its BEP because I look with my eyes that in my country, there are 30,000 tickets was sold at first day. That wasn’t a litle amount, right?


    Comment by orangndut | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Actually, I wouldn’t mind if Hurried Potter and the Half-Baked Film did fail. It completely fails to do justice to the book’s content and style.


    Comment by the poster | July 19, 2009 | Reply

    • the poster,
      I am an advocate of reading, and encourage it at every opportunity.. so, yes, Folks, read the book too! See what you missed!

      That said, I don’t think there has ever been a movie that was exactly like the book, has there? (In fact, in some cases, the only similarity is the title…)


      Comment by techpaul | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. This was a really great read, I am very glad I came across your site.


    Comment by adt | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. On the first three days in hong Kong, the movie has already received 40-odd million HK dollars (divide by 7.8 for US Dollar). If you add up all the overseas sales, I think HBP will earn around 50 million US Dollars.


    Comment by PESfan | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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