July 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates with a record-setting magic act at both the domestic and international box office. Warner Bros. estimates that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to yesterday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros., for 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight. " Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the previous best international debut of $260.4 million set in May by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
October 16, 1999
The book ban-ners finally may have met their match in Harry Potter. We can only hope. Over the years, in many school districts, fundamentalist parents have challenged the "Wizard of Oz" because it includes a "good witch," and so runs counter to their religion. Just reading about Glenda apparently would send the youth of America straight out to bubbling cauldrons. And since they can't trust their own kids to know that it's only a story, nobody else's kids should have the book in school, either.
February 27, 2001 |
Kids love Harry Potter and marketers love kids. So if you have a product to market - like Coca-Cola, for instance - what you want is to figure a way to imply that the children's book hero endorses that product, however indirectly. This fall, Warner Bros. plans to release the movie version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and now the studio has forged what is said to be a $150 million marketing alliance with Coca-Cola. Often such marketing deals are mutually reinforcing.
December 21, 1999 |
Sid Zilber is no fan of Harry Potter. He's never read the enormously popular series of children's books about the junior wizard. He doesn't know a Muggle from a Martian or a Nimbus 2000 from a Nissan 300ZX. But he does know a good idea. "A great idea," the 53-year-old businessman and former lawyer says, happily, in his plush Bala Cynwyd offices. Hoping to cash in on Potter mania, Zilber is selling sweatshirts, T-shirts and baseball caps with Potteresque logos, on the Internet.
July 10, 2007 |
SINCE THIS is Harry Potter movie day, here's the wit and wisdom of star Daniel Rad-cliffe, who recently spoke to Details: On attending school after the first Harry Potter film was released: "Some people did get very aggressive. People say it was just jealousy, but I don't think it is jealousy. I think it's just 'We can have a crack at the kid that plays Harry Potter.' " On not attending college: "The paparazzi, they'd love it. And also if there were any parties going on, they'd be tipped off as to where they were, and it would be all of that stuff.
March 9, 2005 |
SOMETHING wicked this way comes and Tattle can't wait. Yesterday we got a little closer as the British and American covers of the new Harry Potter book - sure to be the literary event of the summer - were revealed. The British book cover for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" can be seen on the London Mirror Web site (www.mirror.co.uk). It shows Harry and Dumbledore surrounded by a circle of flames, brandishing fire sticks. This picture will be used internationally, but for reasons unknown to Tattle, the U.S. version has a different cover (and usually some Americanized language, which annoys Tattle's Anglophile sensibilities)
June 18, 2003 |
Thousands of copies of the new, not-yet-available Harry Potter book have been spirited away from a warehouse in Britain, prompting a full-scale search of that fabled isle. Police have issued stern warnings that anybody caught trafficking in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix between now and Saturday, the official worldwide release date, could end up in the dock. Author J. K. Rowling, already richer than the Queen of England from four previous Potter books, is aware of the crime and is being kept closely informed, her agents said.
April 15, 2011
GIMME FIVE "Harry Potter" has to be the most weirdly consistent box-office monster ever. The top five Harrys: 1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," $317 million. 2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $301 million. 3. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $295 million. 4. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," $292 million. 5. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," $290 million.
April 1, 2013
Richard Griffiths, 65, one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon, died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, from complications following heart surgery, said his agent, Simon Beresford. Mr. Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical Harry Potter movies.
July 20, 2007 |
Death has hung over the Harry Potter series, just as it dominates much of popular entertainment, driving the plot of crime and forensics television shows, for instance. Who will die this time?, fans debated at home, camp, work - even online, during the buildup of J.K. Rowlings' final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, due for release tomorrow. Will Harry survive his final confrontation with Lord Voldemort? However, people are much less likely to talk about how death affects their personal lives.