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Potter movie joins world top five
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was directed by Mike Newell
The latest Harry Potter film has taken more than $600m (343m) at the international box office, becoming the fifth biggest global movie of all time.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was based upon the fourth instalment of JK Rowling's series of fantasy novels.

The international chart - which ranks box office performance outside the US and Canada - was topped by Titanic, which took $1.2bn (686m).

The first two Harry Potter films are also included in the top five.

The Goblet of Fire crossed the $600m mark this week, having been released internationally last November and December.

Its takings include 48m at the UK box office, where it was the most successful film of 2005.

INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE
Titanic
1. Titanic ($1.2bn)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($752m)
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ($657m)
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($616m)
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($600m)

Warner Bros Pictures International marketing head Sue Kroll told Screen International that she was "thrilled" with the movie's performance.

"(Director) Mike Newell captured the breadth and scope of this story, which allowed us to create a truly segmented marketing campaign that appealed to moviegoers of all ages and walks of life," she said.

The third Harry Potter movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban, is the only one outside the international top five, ranked ninth with takings of $545m (312m).

When North American box office performance is also taken into account, The Goblet of Fire is ranked eighth on the worldwide chart.

Production has begun on the movie of the fifth instalment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, due in cinemas next year.

It will be directed by David Yates, who made TV dramas The Young Visiters, Sex Traffic and The Girl in the Cafe.


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