Harry Potter And TheGoblet Of Fire exceeded weekendestimates issued by Warner Bros Pictures International and in fact grossed$97.4m for a magnificent early $209m international running total.

Combined with the $200m+domestic tally the fourth instalment in the children's franchise now stands atmore than $409.7m worldwide after two weekends.

Goblet Of Fire opened in 23 markets and generated extraordinarybusiness on more than 9,500 prints in 42 markets, including a record industryweekend debut in Italy with $9.9m from 869 prints. Belgium also generated a newindustry record for an opening weekend with $2.8m from 177.

In other mighty launches thepicture produced the fifth biggest opening ever (including and excludingpreviews) in Japan where it took $14.2m from 856 including previews.

Spain generated $8m from 527for the second best ever industry weekend debut behind local hit Torrente 3, and Brazil produced $3.9m from 550 for the secondbiggest ever industry weekend opening. Both results were the biggest weekendopenings ever for a Warner Bros title and the franchise.

Holland generated $2.7mincluding previews from 252 for the second biggest opening ever behind HarryPotter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.Excluding previews the $2.3m result ranks as the third biggest opening everbehind the first two Harry Potterreleases

Goblet of Fire produced the second biggest industry opening ever inGreece behind Troy on $1.5m from 84, while Argentina produced $1.1m includingpreviews from 156. Adjusted to exclude previews, the Argentina debut ranks asthe biggest opening yet in the franchise.

In key holdovers, the UKdropped 38% and generated a further $15.9m from 536 sites for a $51.3m runningtotal and is tracking ahead of all its predecessors in the franchise.

Germany dropped 53% andadded $10.3m from 1,248 prints for $34.9m, while Mexico fell 47% on $3.7m for$13.7m.

The picture opens this weekin France, Australia and South Korea, with Hong Kong and Russia set to open onDec 22 and Dec 23 respectively.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride raised its international running total by anestimated $978,000 on more than 1,410 prints in 35 markets for $60.4m, while CharlieAnd The Chocolate Factory stands at$265m.