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Monday, 26 November, 2001, 10:12 GMT
Harry Potter breaks more records
Aunt Petunia Dursley (Fiona Shaw), Uncle Vernon Dursley (Richard Griffiths) and Dudley Dursley (Harry Melling)
Harry Potter: Set to break the $200m barrier in the US
The Harry Potter film has broken yet another box office record - beating Toy Story 2's previous best for takings over a Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has now earned $188m (133m) at US screens in just 10 days, according to studio estimates - already surpassing the total taken by Gladiator in the US.

Harry Potter
The film's studio is hoping to have "a huge Christmas"
The film, based on author JK Rowling's first book, had already broken records for takings on a movie's opening weekend in both the US and the UK.

It earned an estimated $83.5m (59m) over the five-day Thanksgiving period, just beating Toy Story 2's 1999 total.

Harry Potter also has a chance of taking Star Wars: Episode 1's record for the fastest time to reach a $200m (141m) total.

US box office chart
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Monsters, Inc
3. Spy Game
4. Black Knight
5. Shallow Hal
It would have to reach that total by Tuesday night to take the accolade.

Last week, Harry Potter reached the $100m mark in the same amount of time as Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace did two years ago.

A spokesman for film studio Warner Brothers said he expected Harry Potter to sustain its success and said the company would have "a huge Christmas".

Pirated Harry Potter DVDs are already on sale in some countries
Pirated Harry Potter DVDs are already on sale in some countries
Warner's president of distribution Dan Fellman said: "We had a great weekend. Audiences from eight to 80 are really supporting the movie."

Despite Harry Potter's success, overall Thanksgiving takings were down from the same time last year, with other films on release performing relatively poorly.

The total earnings from the top 12 films between Wednesday and Sunday fell 12.6% from last year, to $203m (143.5m).

Disney's computerised animation Monsters, Inc is still the second most popular film in America, with Spy Game, starring Brad Pitt and Robert Redford, at number three.

Monsters Inc features the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal
Monsters Inc features the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal
Monsters, Inc is set to break through the $200m barrier itself, becoming the fifth film this year to earn that amount at American box offices - more than any previous year.

Apart from Harry Potter, this year's other $200m films are Shrek, The Mummy Returns and Rush Hour 2.

Pirated videos and DVDs of Harry Potter have already appeared on the streets of Hong Kong and China - weeks before the cinema releases in those countries.

The film is titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the UK.

See also:

23 Nov 01 | Northern Ireland
Concern over Potter owl mania
22 Nov 01 | Scotland
Potter creator buys Scots hideaway
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