'Half-Blood Prince' Advance Tickets Outselling 'Twilight'

Harry Potter fans are offiicailly saying to Twilight lovers, "Screw you guys, WE are the greatest fanboy nation!"

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is selling advanced tickets like crazy all across the country. The sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's popular books-cum-movies is on track to knock Twilight out of of the no. 3 spot on Fandango's list of all-time highest advanced ticket sales, settling in behind Stars Wars Epidsode III and The Dark Knight.

Advanced tickets for Half-Blood Prince have already outsold last month's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which (we all know) went on to earn serious bank at the box office. Things are look good so far for Harry and Warner Bros. Since big-screen adaptation of Twilight hit theaters last Fall, there has been much debate (read: only in online fan forums) about how the next Potter film would measure up against Twilight's performance at the box office. Some even whispered that the boy wizard's spell over moviegoers could be fading before the power of the fang (blashpheme!). However, all of a sudden it's looking like the Twilight nation will have to issue a serious call-to-arms, IF they want to have greater numbers turn out on the opening day of New Moon.

But unlike Twilight, Half-Blood Prince has earned near-unanimous praise. Harry Potter fans and non-fans alike are calling the latest film the best of the series so far, and it's looking like Warner Bros. made a prudent decision when they delayed the release of Half-Blood Prince. Warner Bros. has had a somewhat di$$$apointing blockbuster season so far, with big tentpoles like Watchmen and Terminator Salvation not doing as strongly as hoped at the box office. If the trends Fandango are tracking hold throughout the weekend, a wave from the wand of Harry Potter might just help fill the studio's pockets.

One has to wonder though: how many more tickets would Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince be selling if the movie's 3D IMAX premiere wasn't delayed two weeks because of Revenge of The Crappy Fallen?

Guess that's a question only the multiverse can answer...

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters tomorrow at midnight. The 3D IMAX version of the film will premiere on July 29, 2009.

Here are some additional interesting statistics that Fandango dug up about Half-Blood Prince:

  • 63% of advance ticket holders are female.
  • 62% are going to see the film at midnight on Tues with a group of friends.
  • 45% say they are also fans of Twilight.

Harry Potter fans vs. Twilight fans: let the trash-talking debate begin!

Source: Fandango Official Press Release

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