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Last Updated: Monday November 21 2005 12:55 GMT

Potter is biggest ever UK opening

People outside a US cinema
Harry Potter and the Goblet of the Fire has broken UK box office records, according to the studio that made the film, Warner Brothers.

They said more than 14.9m of tickets were sold in the UK in the first three days of it hitting cinemas.

That's the biggest ever opening weekend for a film in the UK, as well as the biggest takings ever for a Friday, a Saturday and a Sunday.

Goblet of Fire has been a worldwide hit too, making $181.4m (105.3m).

Early figures suggest $101.4m (60m) of those tickets have been snapped up in the US, which would make it the fourth biggest ever opening there.

GOF UK ticket sales
Friday - 4.02m
Saturday - 5.64m
Sunday - 5.24m
Total - 14.9m
It's sold all those tickets despite having a having a slightly older rating than the others; 12a in the UK and PG-13 in the US.

The record for the first three days in cinemas in the US is held by Spider-Man which opened with $115 million in 2002.

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith began with $108.4 million in 2005, just ahead of Shrek 2 with $108 million in 2004.

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