'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince' Release Pushed Up Two Days

Sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's series will now open July 15.

Did you think you couldn't possibly wait another three months for the newest "Harry Potter" film to hit theaters? Well, you're in luck! Kinda. Warner Bros. has announced that the sixth movie in the J.K. Rowling series will be released a whole two days earlier than planned.

[movie id="307087"]"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"[/movie] is now set to open on Wednesday, July 15, giving moviegoers a jump on the weekend and virtually assuring the film a staggering five-day box-office gross.

"Every day the kids are out of school in summer is just like an extra Saturday," Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman told The Associated Press.

The previous film in the franchise, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," opened on a Wednesday in July 2007 and garnered $62.5 million over its first two days. The five-day box-office tally stood at $139.5 million.

This is the second change on the calendar for "Half-Blood Prince," which was originally slated for a fall release until the studio shifted the film to a summer opening.

The dates for the final two films — the two-part "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" — are firmly in place. At least for now. Part one is set to come out on Friday, November 19, 2010, with the conclusion opening Friday, July 15, 2011, exactly two years after "Half-Blood Prince." That is, if Warner Bros. doesn't start shifting things around again. As we've seen, big-screen plans for the boy wizard could change at any moment.

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