According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire worked some powerful and much-needed magic at the boxoffice this weekend, levitating an estimate of a $101.4 million pot in its North American bow. With about $80 million in international receipts, the worldwide boxoffice for Goblet stands at an impressive $181.4 million. The sensational domestic debut marked a new high for the franchise, the fourth-biggest nonholiday opening in boxoffice history and the largest opening in the fourth quarter. The latest installment and fourth film in the Potter series, helmed by Mike Newell and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, marked the first time Warner Bros. had a picture open to more than $100 million.
Goblet joins an elite club and takes a seat at the table with Sony's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and DreamWorks' Shrek 2.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire enchanted this weekend's international boxoffice as well, sweeping all other releases before it with an estimated gross of $80 million from 5,300 prints in 19 countries, while notching up some record-breaking openings, including the highest three-day opening to date in the United Kingdom. Warner Bros. has put the film out in a limited international release, with Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Benelux opening next weekend, and France and Australia the week after. By comparison, the previous Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, opened last year with $112.4 million from approximately 6,000 prints in 24 countries, including day and date openings in such major markets as France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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