Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is set to out-muscle Paramount/PPI's current overseas champion Transformers this weekend as the fifth instalment in the hugely popular children's series rolls out in 44 territories.

The film, released through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI), has already amassed $29.2m from its first day [July 11] in a number of markets.

Harry worked his magic overseas in a rousing debut that complemented the domestic opening day record for a midnight launch. The film ranked number one in every market that launched on Jul 11, establishing franchise and opening day records in most.

France generated $5.9m (Eu4.3m) from 1,060 prints and 720,000 admissions in what was the second biggest industry opening day in history and the biggest in the franchise.

Germany generated $3.6m (Eu2.6m) from 1,300 prints and 404,000 admissions for the ninth biggest industry opening day and the second biggest in the franchise behind the first film.

Australia produced $3.5m (A$4.1m) from 500 prints for the fifth biggest industry opening day and a new franchise record, while $3.1m (Eu2.3m) from 837 prints in Italy, which drew 375,000 admissions, was enough for the second biggest industry opening day and the biggest in the franchise.

Order Of The Phoenix set the sixth biggest industry opening day and the biggest in the franchise in Spain on $2.6m (Eu1.9m) from 602 and 393,000 admissions, and took $980,000 (Eu719,000) from 192 in Holland for 92,000 admissions, an extraordinary result that produced the biggest industry and franchise opening day.

Elsewhere, Brazil generated $1.5m (R2.9m) from 850 and 404,000 admissions for the industry's second biggest opening day and a new franchise record, while South Korea produced $1.3m (KRW 1.2bn) from 545 screens and 189,000 admissions for the industry's fourth biggest opening day and another franchise record.

Finally Belgium generated an outstanding $780,000 (Eu557,000) from 171 prints for new industry and franchise records.

There are three other WBPI films in active release. 300 has amassed $244.4m, Ocean's Thirteen $140.7m, and Zodiac $45.8m.

Transformers, currently on $114.2m, opens in China on Jul 11 through Paramount/PPI, followed by three small territories on Jul 12 including Greece. Upcoming markets include Mexico, Brazil and South Africa on Jul 20, France and Belgium on July 25, the UK on Jul 27, Germany on Aug 2, and Japan on Aug 4.

Fox International executives celebrated a double $100m milestone this week as both Die Hard 4.0 and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer crossed the magic mark on Wednesday [July 11]. Fantastic Four has grossed $100.3m and Die Hard 4.0 stands at $101.6m.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End stands at $627.1m and should overtake Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest within the next two to three weeks to become the fourth biggest international release in history.

Meanwhile Buena Vista International's Ratatouille has grossed $22.4m and will lie low for several weeks until the Harry Potter tidal wave dies down. The Pixar release opens in South Korea on Jul 27 and Japan a day later.

Sony Pictures Releasing International's Spider-Man 3 stands at $550.3m while Hostel: Part II has amassed $11m.

Universal/UPI's supernatural thriller White Noise 2: The Light opens in Mexico on Jul 13.