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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Potter's global magic set to grow
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The film has become an enormous hit around the world
The new Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, will continue its quest for global domination when it opens in 22 more countries this weekend.

The movie, which has already made $362m (200m) around the world, will now come out in countries including Indonesia, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

The film made more than $100m (56m) in 40 countries last weekend, despite the start of the Euro 2004 soccer contest.

It had the fourth-highest opening takings of all time in Australia.

The Potter film also had the third most successful opening in Norway's cinema history, and was fourth on the all-time lists in Sweden and Denmark.

TOP SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS
Harry Potter - $204.8m over two weekends in 40 countries
Troy - $293.3m over five weekends in 59 countries
The Day After Tomorrow - $238.9m over three weekends in 67 countries
Van Helsing - $131.2m over six weekends in 28 countries
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third Harry Potter film, is currently spending a second week at the top of the US and UK box office charts.

It became the first film to make more than 5m on its first day of release in the UK, on 31 May.

It also broke a record set by its predecessor, The Chamber of Secrets, by taking 11.5m in its first three days at the UK box office.

The Chamber of Secrets took 10.8m in its opening weekend in 2002.

The Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by Mexican film-maker Alfonso Cuaron, sees actor Daniel Radcliffe reprise his role as Harry Potter.

Darker

He appears alongside co-stars Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.

It also stars Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon, Julie Walters as Molly Weasley and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.

With a darker atmosphere than the first two films, it sees boy wizard Harry battle Sirius Black, who allegedly betrayed his parents to their murderer, Lord Voldemort.

Global box office competition should hot up next week, however, when Shrek 2 opens in Latin America before hitting the rest of the overseas market.


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