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  Harry Potter smashes box office records
Updated 19 November 2001, 18.59
A scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has broken just about every film record on its opening weekend.

The movie took a whopping 16m in the UK, smashing the record previously held by Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, which took 9.5m.

Children and adults flocked to cinemas across the country to see the first film based on JK Rowling's best-selling wizard books.

Daniel Radcliffe

It also broke all records in America, where it took 65m on the first three days.

The Philosopher's Stone cost filmmakers Warner Brothers around 90m to make, but it has earned almost that already in its first weekend.

The movie stars 12-year-old Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, along with a host of British stars such as Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Robbie Coltrane.

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