Harry Potter And ThePrisoner Of Azkaban cast a spell over theinternational box office at the weekend, conjuring up a superb $114.1m from7,804 screens in 24 countries for Warner Bros.
The figure includes the UK's Monday-Thursday $26.3m opening hauland Warner is claiming the third biggest international opening ever behind TheLord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King ($121m in five days) and The Matrix Revolutions ($118.6m in five days).
Fox International's The DayAfter Tomorrow holds the record for thebiggest ever international bow for a non-sequel, after it opened last weekendon $82.7m.
However the eco-disaster picture opened in 110 countries while PrisonerOf Azkaban opened in 24,ranking number one in all its markets.
Results in the UK wereextraordinary. As of Jun 6 the picture had amassed $43.5m (£23.7m) from 535sites, setting new UK marks for the biggest single day (Monday May 31) on$9.2m/£5.03m; biggest Friday on $5.9m/£3.3m; biggest opening three days on$20.9m/£11.5m; and it is projected to gross the biggest ever seven-day total on$73.5m, according to sources at the studio.
In France it grossed $16.4m from more than 800 screens for thebiggest ever bow for a US release and the third biggest industry opening everbehind Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra and Taxi 2.
Germany produced $15.3m from 1.355 screens for the sixth biggestindustry bow, Italy yielded $6.7m from 747 and Mexico grossed $5.1m for a topthree industry bow that is expected to be confirmed this week.
The picture grossed $3.2m from230 in the growth market of Russia and the same amount on 157 screens in Taiwanfor the biggest industry opening of all time there.
Other highlightsinclude $2.9m from 308 in Belgium for the biggest industry bow of all time, and$2.1m from 156 in Holland, where it is expected to finish among the top twoindustry bows.