The Hollywood Reporter says that although Warner Bros. Pictures will release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in theaters on July 15, it will only hit two IMAX screens in New York and Los Angeles that day the nation wide IMAX release won’t be until July 29th.
The two-week delay is fallout from the decision by Warner Bros. to push “Potter” from its originally scheduled November 2008 opening because of a fear that Twilight would steal the spotlight from the film. The new July opening overlaps with IMAX’s month long window dedicated to Paramount’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Like the last “Potter” film this one also contains 12 minutes of 3-D footage that moviegoers can experience only through IMAX, so that could cushion the blow. For me, the scenes with those little wizards in the third dimension was the saving grace of the last film. Will the fear of Twilight and the decision to push the film back to this summer come back to hurt Warner Bros I guess we will have to wait until July 15th.
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