Date: 13th November 2001
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) is already enjoying record ticket sales in America - even though the movie isn't due to be released until Friday (16NOV01).
The WARNER BROTHERS film, based on British author J.K Rowling's tale about an orphaned boy with magical powers, has already captivated the box office with its relentless flurry of ticket sales.
MITCH RUBENSTEIN, co-chief executive of online ticket company MOVIETICKETS. COM, says, "We've never seen anything like this. We are seeing it track six times the sales of the biggest movie that we ever sold online, which was PLANET OF THE APES (2001) .
"So it's easy to say this will be bigger. How much bigger? I think it has the potential to be the number one grossing movie of all time. "
Warner Brothers plans to release the movie to more than 3,400 theatres in North America, with many cinemas planning to show the film on more than one screen. (RGS/LAT/RP)