Posted on Saturday, May 26th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
When Grindhouse failed at the box office, Hollywood executives began to blame the film’s three hour running time. Rumors began to circulate that Warner Bros had ordered director David Yates to cut the running time of Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix, so that audiences won’t be frightened away.
Well now we have official confirmation that the movie will have a running time of 138 minutes and 4 seconds (which is 2 hours, 18 minutes and 4 seconds for those of you who are too lazy to do the math). And the studio always expected the film to be around two and a half hours, so that Grindhouse rumor appears to have been false. So there you have it.