Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban dominated the international box officewith a mighty weekend, grossing an estimated $65.5m to raise its running totalthrough Warner Bros Pictures International to $204m.
The result combines with the $158.1m domestic total for a $362.2mworldwide score. Azkaban opened in an additional 16 countries and according to thedistributor ranked number one everywhere.
It opened in Australia on a massive $8.2m from 452 screens in whatis expected to be declared the third or fourth biggest bow ever in the territory.
Scandinavian results were superb, as Norway produced the thirdbiggest ever bow on $1.6m from 112, Sweden was the fourth biggest ever behind The Lord Of The Rings trilogy on $2.9m from 164, and Denmarkalso yielded the fourth biggest ever bow on $1.8m from 137.
South Africa produced thesecond biggest ever Warner Bros opening on $620,000 from 89 and the figurerises to $667,000 including previews.
In Hungary Azkaban grossed $613,000 from 60 for the sixth biggest ever bow, whileIsrael produced the all-time fifth biggest debut on $513,000 from 40. The CzechRepublic also scored the fifth biggest ever bow on $412,000 from 37 and bothColombia and Bolivia yielded Warner Bros' biggest ever debuts on $569,000 from102 and $80,000 from nine respectively.
Second weekend highlights included $9.3m from 535 sites in the UKand a 47% drop for an outstanding $59.1m, $9.4m on 1,365 screens and a 38%slide in Germany for $28.3m, and $8.6m on more than 900 screens and a 45% dropfor $26.5m.
Azkabanadded $3.5m on 743 in Italy despite a 50% drop for $13.5m, a strong resultgiven the typically depressed summer box office in the territory, and $3.2m on750 and a 40% drop in Mexico for 10.6m.
Brazil fell 25% on $1.4m on 480for $4.6m and the picture raised its Taiwanese total by $1.4m on 161nationwide, falling 44% for $5.8m. Russia fell 43% and added $1.3m on 230 for$4.9m.
Powered by a great $1.6m number one Chinese bow on 170, Troy added $16.7m from more than 7,200screens in 59 markets to raise its international running total to a superb$293.2m.
It is now Warner Bros' sixth biggest international grosser, havingovertaken Ocean's Eleven, The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix.