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Potter film conjures up top slot

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Daniel Radcliffe (left) is back as Harry in the latest Potter adventure

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the boy wizard series, has debuted at the top of the North American box office.

The movie has raked in $159.6m (£96.7m) since it opened on Wednesday, according to early estimates.

The Half-Blood Prince beat the opening figures for The Order of the Phoenix, which was released in 2007 and took $139.7m (£84.6m) in its opening week.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs held steady at number two.

The third film in the animated series took $17.7m (£10.7m) over the weekend.

The Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, is at number three.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $79.5m
2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - $17.7m
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $13.7m
4. Bruno - $8.41m
5. The Hangover - $8.3m
Source: (formerly Media by Numbers)

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, Bruno, dropped into fourth place following its debut at number one last week, with takings of $8.4m (£5m) over the weekend.

The mock documentary made over $30m (£18m) in its first week.

Romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer - starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - entered the chart at number 12, despite a limited release in just 27 cinemas.

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