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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Harry Potter conquers US cinemas
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe
The third Potter film made 5m on its first day of release in the UK
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third Harry Potter film, has made almost $93m (50m) at the US box office in its first three days.

The film took $92.7m between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates.

That was a more successful start than Potter's other films, The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.

It put the film third in the all-time list of opening earnings - behind Spider-Man, with $114.8m (62.2m), and Shrek 2, with $108m (58.5m).

Shrek 2, which topped the chart for the last two weeks, is now in second place, having taken $37m (20m) between Friday and Sunday.

Its overall total now stands at $313.6m (170m) and is poised to overtake Finding Nemo's $339.7m (184m) to make Shrek 2 the most successful animation in US cinema history.

TOP FIVE US FILMS
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - $92.7m
2. Shrek 2 - $37m
3. The Day After Tomorrow - $28.2m
4. Raising Helen - $6.7m
5. Troy - $5.7m
Source: Exhibitor Relations
Disaster thriller The Day After Tomorrow, which entered the chart last week at number two, fell to third place with $28.15m (15.2m), pushing its 10-day total to $128.8m (69.8m).

Romantic comedy Raising Helen stayed at four, while Brad Pitt's epic Troy slipped two places to five.

The first two Harry Potter films have made almost $600m (325m) in the US.

The first, called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US, took $90.3m (48.9m) in its first weekend, while its 2002 sequel made $88.4m (47.9m) in its first three days.

"I guess audiences are still crazy about Harry," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for film studio Warner Bros.


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