Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Harry Potter: first 30 minutes of Deathly Hallows leaked onto web

The other big film premiere of the night took place in New York for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. Cast members (Lt-Rt) Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton 

The first half an hour of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 turned up on a file-sharing website on Tuesday night ahead of the movie's premiere in numerous countries around the globe.

Industry watchers and the studi have predicted that the film could eclipse the $100 million mark in the US and Canada over its first three days, starting on Nov 19. They are even predicting a full run of more than $1 billion in global ticket sales.

But the leak has cast a pall over the film's opening.

Warner Bros said in a statement that the excerpt was "stolen and illegally posted on the internet. This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros. property.

"We are working actively to restrict and/or remove copies that may be available. Also, we are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law."

The first six Harry Potter movies, which are based on the best-selling books about the boy wizard by author J.K. Rowling, have earned $5.42 billion at world-wide box offices, according to California-based

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief, said the film should top $100 million in the US and Canada during its first weekend. Throughout the movie's entire life in cinemas around the globe, he sees ticket sales rising to the rare level of more than $1 billion.

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