Amazon Potter 7 Orders Top 1M
Amazon.com said it has booked more than 1 million advance orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the upcoming seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling's franchise, which is scheduled for release in late July, Reuters reported.
The online retailer also lowered its price on the book to $17.99 from $18.89. It said it would honor the lower price for customers who had already ordered the book, the last volume in the series about a boy wizard and his struggle against the forces of evil.
More than 620,000 copies have been ordered in advance in the United States, with more than 250,000 in the United Kingdom, Amazon.com said. Advance orders for this book have surpassed those in 2005 for Rowling's sixth release, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
In April, Barnes & Noble said that advance orders for the book had topped 500,000 copies, breaking the bookseller chain's record for the most advance requests in its history. The book, which is published in the United States by Scholastic Corp and in Britain by Bloomsbury, officially goes on sale on July 21.
Spidey 3 Smashes Records
Spider-Man 3 smashed box-office records in its opening weekend, taking in about $148 million in its first three days of release, the Associated Press reported.
That put it ahead of the previous record debut of $135.6 million set last summer by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
With $59.3 million on opening day May 4, Spider-Man 3 broke the single-day box-office record, also held by Dead Man's Chest ($55.8 million).
Since it began rolling out overseas on May 1, Spider-Man 3 has taken in $227 million in foreign markets, bringing the film's worldwide total to $375 million.
In just days, the movie has grossed $117 million more than its whopping $258 million production budget, the AP reported.
In just two days, it also nearly matched the $114.8 million opening weekend of 2002's Spider-Man, which had held the debut record until Dead Man's Chest opened. Editor's Note: Of course, Pirates 3 opens in a couple of weeks, so more records might fall?