Since its release on Sunday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been nothing short of a phenomenon. But just how many copies did Cursed Child sell? The numbers are unprecedented for a play.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shattered records, moving more than two million copies — roughly half of its 4.5 million-copy first print run — in the two days after its release. It dethroned E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey to become the U.K.'s fastest-selling book of the decade. James' erotic trilogy outsold J.K. Rowling's seven-book series back in 2012, but now it appears that Harry Potter may rise again.
In fact, Potter is even beating Potter. According to The Bookseller:
If [Harry Potter and the Cursed Child] continues to sell at this rate, it will be the second biggest-selling single week for one title since records began, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the first, which sold 1.8m copies plus 780,000 units of the adult edition in its launch week in July 2007.
The success of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script has prompted the Palace Theatre London to extend production of the Harry Potter play through December 2017. An new batch of 250,000 tickets will go on sale Thursday, with prices starting at just £15 per part.
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