HAPPY HOUR: Harry Potter Breaks Box Office Record; Michael Jackson Dominates Music Charts

Harry Potter is the New King of Midnight!

hp movieHarry Potter mania has hit and after a two-year wait, muggles everywhere stormed the box office on Tuesday night as ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ raked in the biggest midnight gross of all time, earning $22.2 million at the box office, according to Warner Bros.

With screenings beginning at 12:01 a.m. around the country, the sixth film in the successful franchise beat out the top two record holders, ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,’ which earned midnight grosses of $18 and $17 million, respectively. Earlier this summer, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ cracked $16 for its initial midnight run.

In ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ the boy wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his pals Hermione and Ron (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) face danger in the halls of Hogwarts as Voldemort’s minions attempt to pull off a nefarious plan. Meanwhile, the students find romantic distractions — hormonal and via potent love potions — all around them. With a used book of potion spells once belonging to the Half-Blood Prince, Harry must work with Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) to uncover a vital secret.

“Half-Blood Prince” opens in the same Wednesday slot that “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” did in 2007. “Order of the Phoenix” grossed $12 million in midnight runs on its way to a $139.7 million five-day debut. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the 6th in a series of 7 stories. The final movie will be released starting in 2010 with a 2-part movie release.

Michael Jackson Dominates Music Charts with Millions of Albums Sold

mj performMichael Jackson continues to be King of the Pop charts, selling over two million albums in less than three weeks. Michael’s solo albums sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. this week, according to Billboard.com. This is a 37% jump from the album sales made in the previous week — 800,000 of Jackson’s albums were sold. In the two and a half weeks since Jackson’s death, U.S. consumers have purchased over 2.3 million Michael Jackson albums.

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