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  Pottermania takes over the planet
Updated 08 June 2004, 17.57
Potter stars with JK Rowling
Pottermania has gripped the world, if the latest cinema statistics are anything to go by.

The third Potter film, Prisoner Of Azkaban, topped the global box office last weekend, taking 61.6 million from 24 countries outside the US and Canada.

Only Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Matrix Revolutions have fared better around the world.

Warner Bros said the film's success was highlighted by its "phenomenal" first day opening in the UK.

Emma Watson plays Hermione
Emma Watson plays Hermione

It became the first movie to make more than 5 million on its first day in the UK, and went on to make a record-breaking 23.7 million over its opening weekend.

Here's how the film's takings shaped up around the world, according to the Hollywood Reporter mag.

  • UK - 23.7 million
  • France - 9.6 million
  • Germany - 8.2 million
  • Italy - 3.7 million
  • Mexico - 2.8 million
  • Netherlands - 2 million
  • Taiwan - 1.7 million
  • Russia - 1.3 million

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 around November 2005.

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