'Harry Potter' sets new box-office record

MUMBAI: The latest ‘Harry Potter‘ film set a new box-office record worldwide in its opening week, grossing nearly 400 million U.S. dollars in five days since its release, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.
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and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment of the popular boy wizard movie franchise, took in about 397 million dollars since its global debut on Wednesday, breaking the previous five-day box office record of 381.7 million dollars set by Spider-Man 3.
The box-office performance for the new "Harry Potter" film is testament to the staying power of the franchise based on J.K. Rowling‘s novels, whose first movie debuted in 2001, it is said.

"It‘s amazing eight years on, Warner Bros. has a franchise that has to date generated more than 4.6 billion dollars in worldwide box office and is as popular today as it was at the beginning of this journey," Dergarabedian said.

In North America, the film took in 79.4 million dollars this weekend, pushing its total ticket sales to about 160 million dollars since Wednesday, preliminary weekend box office figures showed Sunday.

Meanwhile, it also took in 237 million overseas since Wednesday in 54 markets, bringing its worldwide total to about 397 million dollars, according to Warner Bros.

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was in a distant second place with 17.7 million dollars this weekend in North America. The 20th Century Fox animated movie has earned about 152 million dollars since its release three weeks ago.

DreamWorks‘ Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen comes in third with 13.8 million dollars over the weekend, as the robot action sequel has grossed 364 million dollars in the United States and Canada in four weeks.

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