Just as it did in North America, Harry Potter And The Goblet OfFire re-wrote the recordbook with a superlative international launch that generated an estimated $80mfrom 5,300 prints in 19 countries.
The fourth instalment in the children's franchise opened numberone in all its markets, led by an industry best UK debut of $24.6m from 1,462sites that would have dominated a handful of recent North American weekends.
Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) sources said this wasboth the biggest three-day opening and three-day weekend ever in the territory.
Germany's $19.8m and 2.5million admissions from 1,243 printsproduced 85% of the top five market share and ranks as the biggest everfour-day opening, the biggest ever Harry Potter opening, and the third biggest everopening weekend of all time behind the last two episodes of The Lord Of TheRings.
In Mexico Potter opened on $6.8m from 654 prints for the biggest everWarner Bros debut and the third biggest industry opening ever.
Taiwan generated $3.5m from 184 prints for the second biggestopening day ever behind Kung Fu Hustle and the biggest ever launch for Warner Bros and the Potter franchise.
Goblet Of Fire became the first in the franchise to open in China day-and-datewith North America and preliminary estimates indicate an excellent $3.4m from349 prints, which would make this the biggest ever release for a Warner Brostitle.
In other records, the picture generated biggest three-day openingmarks excluding previews in Denmark on $2.6m on 97 prints, in Sweden on $2.5mon 168, and in Norway on $2.2m on 109.
Austria produced the second biggest Warner bros debut ever on$2.5m on 173 to trail only The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Thailand generated $2m on 218 for theindustry's biggest ever Saturday and Warner Bros' biggest opening ever.
The Potter juggernaut rolls into Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil,Argentina and Benelux next weekend, followed in the first weekend of Decemberwith France, and Australia, and Russia in the middle of the month.
Buena Vista International (BVI) reported another strong weekendfor Flightplan, whichadded $10.2m for more than $75m.
In second weekend holdovers, the thriller added $1.6m in Spain for$5m, $1.4m in France for $4m, $1m in South Korea for $3.4m, and $1m inAustralia for $3.3m. It added $770,000 in Germany for $14m after six weekends.
Chicken Little grossed $7.4m for more than $25m. The family title opened top inSpain on $2.5m for the industry's sixth biggest animated debut ever. It alsoopened top in Holland on $550,000 and achieved the same record as Spain.
It added $1.2m at 600 sites in Mexico for more than $9m, and$630,000 in Brazil to stay top for the second consecutive weekend on $2.6m. InPoland Chicken Little hasamassed a mighty $1.8m after two weekends following last weekend's all-timebest animated opening of $881,000.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) reported a strong$2.1m number one opening for Sony's local language co-production Melissa P in Italy. The story of a Sicilian girl'ssexual awakening marked the third biggest launch for an Italian picture in 2005.
The Legend of Zorro continued its march towards $100m as it added $4.4m from4,100 screens in 66 territories for $81m.
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose grossed $6.2m from 1,545 prints in 31 markets for $21.5m.It opened a close second behind Chicken Little in Spain on $2.4m from 325 screens, andraised its running total in Mexico by $1.2m to $4.5m.
In two number one South American launches Exorcism grossed $240,000 on 50 in Colombia, and$200,000 on 40 in Venezuela.
DreamWorks International's Wallace And Gromit added $2.9m through UIP for a $120m UIP runningtotal. Paramount's romantic comedy Elizabethtown opened in six markets and grossed $3.4mfor $18.5m.
In other UIP releases, Working Title's Nanny McPhee added $1m in 424 UK sites in its fifth weekend for an impressive $17.1m running total, Universal's comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin added $2m in 1,080 sites in 35 territories for $54.4m, and The Constant Gardener added $2.5m in 755 sites in six territories for $9.8m in UIP markets.
Doom grossed $1.5m in 1,160 in 36 territories for $18m, while Pride & Prejudice stands at $41.2m with plenty of releases to come.
Fox International's In Her Shoes added $6.3m from 1,960 screens for$23.2m. Chief drivers here were $937,000 from 290 screens for fourth place inSpain and $887,000 from 315 for second in France.
In holdovers,Germany added $1.4m on 416 for $3.8m and the UK raised its running total by$1.6m on 328 for $5.2m.