According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the man in black from 20th Century Fox's Walk the Line held off six new wide releases to retain the top two spots at the boxoffice for the second consecutive weekend. Goblet of Fire lit up an estimated $54.9 million during the weekend and $81.3 million for the five days, advancing the estimated 10-day cume to a stellar $201.1 million -- reaching that mark in the fourth-fastest time on record. The fourth picture in the Potter franchise is tracking well ahead of the first three films for the same period, besting the $186 million of Sorcerer's Stone, the $148 million of Chamber of Secrets and the $157 million of Prisoner of Azkaban. The three-day weekend boxoffice total for the Mike Newell-directed Goblet was down a relatively modest 46% from its $102.3 million bow. Goblet is the third Warner Bros. release this year to surpass $200 million -- an industry first. The worldwide cume to date for Goblet is a staggering $408.1 million.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire swept all before it at the international boxoffice during the weekend, conjuring up a mighty $95.4 million from more than 9,400 prints in 42 markets and taking its estimated international cumulative total to $207 million in just 11 days. The film opened in an additional 23 markets, notching up records in many of those. In Italy, it grossed an estimated $9.4 million from 855 prints, making it the biggest opening to date, toppling the record held by Pinocchio. In Spain, it amassed an estimated $8 million from 527 prints, the second-biggest opening as well as the best Potter opening so far; the same was true for Brazil, where the film grossed an estimated $4.1 million from 550 prints. Japan opened with an estimated $14.3 million from 851 prints, including previews, ranking it as the fifth-highest opening of all time.
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