p2pnet view Movies:- Warner Brothers is one of the multi-multi-billion-dollar Hollywood outfits which, through their MPAA, constantly whine they’re being “devastated” by file sharers, and that hordes of workers are being left destitute as a direct consequence.
And yet it’s able to brag its seventh Harry Potter movie raked in $330 million in global ticket sales over the weekend.
That’d be enough money to feed the starving poor in a third-world nation for months on end.
But it’s not enough for the likes of Warner’s shareholders and investors, to whom all that filthy lucre will go.
“That brawny total easily made ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1′ No. 1 in North America, where the boy wizard generated an estimated $125.1 million”, says the New York Times. It was the second-biggest domestic opening for the Harry Potter franchise; adjusting for higher ticket prices, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ sold $127.4 million over its first three days in November 2005.
“Remember how 20th Century Fux was screaming about online leaks of an unfinished workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine a month before its official release date?” – asked p2pnet last year.
Not long after, “it was followed by what was presumably the finished version, an event completely ignored by the lamescream media”, we wondered, going on >>>
Why all the fuss?
Fux: ‘No one will want to see it when it’s already been on the P2P nets.’ [sob, sob]
However, it hasn’t made a blind bit of difference.
In fact, it’s, “howling its way to the top of the box office with an opening day gross of $35 million”, said EW.com.
When 36 minutes of Deathly Hallows, “about a quarter of the movie, leaked onto the Internet, prompting a fresh round of hand-wringing about piracy and leading to some worries that the movie’s opening weekend would suffer as a result”, says the New York Times.
But as p2pnet has so often been pointed out, far from being criminals who are ruining Hollywood, file sharers are responsible for a masive amount of free — FREE, mind you — viral advertising.
The sad part?
“The success of ‘Deathly Hallows’ underscores just how big a hole Warner, owned by Time Warner, will have to fill once the series ends”, according to “analysts”.
No need to stay tuned.
New York Times – ‘Harry Potter’ Has $330 Million Debut Weekend, November 22, 2010
p2pnet – Never mind online leaks, Wolverine a hit, May 2, 2009
EW.com – ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ grosses $35 million Friday night, May 2, 2009
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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