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  Potter works magic at UK cinemas
Updated 07 June 2004, 20.19
Azkaban stars
Harry Potter is continuing to work its record-breaking magic in the cinema.

UK movie-goers spent a whopping 23.8million on Prisoner Of Azkaban over the film's opening weekend.

It beat a record previously held by film two, Chamber Of Secrets. Before that, the record belonged to the first Potter film - Philosopher's Stone.

The nearest rival to the three Potter films is Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which managed 15 million over its opening weekend.

Dan Radcliffe plays Harry

Azkaban's success in the UK follows bumper sales for the film in the US, where fans spent 50. 21million on tickets in its first three days.

That's more than for either of the first two films, and the third biggest opening weekend ever in the US, behind Shrek 2 and the first Spider-Man film.

The fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has already started shooting, with Mike Newell directing.

It's expected to be in cinemas in November 2005.

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