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Magic at the Box office for "Harry Potter"

Magic at the Box office for "Harry Potter"
Can I get a witness? After only two weeks the worldwide box office for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" generated $408 million giving a boost for the slumping movie business, (which has had attendance running 8 percent behind last year's).

"You've got to look at 'Harry Potter' as being the savior of the box office right now," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations to the Associated Press.

"Goblet " took in $54.9 million in the US over the three-day weekend to hold onto the top movie; That brings the 10-day tally for North America to $201.1 million (beating the previous performances of the other three films, led by the $186 million tally for the first one, 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone").

In the top foreign markets for Potter include include Britain with $51.3 million, Germany with $35.5 million and Mexico with $13.6 million. Also, the film opened big in Japan with $14.3 million, which was the fifth-best opening of all time; Italy with $9.4 million, the best opening of all time, the studio said; and Spain with $8 million, the second-best of all time.

"Goblet of Fire" is on track to beat the $317.6 million domestic gross of the franchises earlier film "Sorcerer's Stone,"

"Goblet" has certainly disproved speculation that its PG-13 rating would hurt the film by scaring off younger fans.

"We've learned the audience has grown older with the movies, so the PG-13 rating just played into the core of the audience," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros.

BOX OFFICE NUMBERS include the family flick "Yours, Mine & Ours" even with bad reviews finished third with $17.5 million. "Rent," debuted in fifth place with a lower than expected three-day total of $10.7 million

Premiering at No. 6 was Ryan Reynolds' romantic comedy "Just Friends" with $9.3 million.

R&B singer Usher's "In the Mix" opened at No. 9 with $4.5 million for the weekend and "The Ice Harvest" landed at No. 10 with $3.7 million.

Estimated weekend ticket sales according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. (final figures will be released Monday).

1. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," $54.9 million.

2. "Walk the Line," $19.7 million.

3. "Yours, Mine & Ours," $17.5 million.

4. "Chicken Little," $12.4 million.

5. "Rent," $10.7 million.

6. "Just Friends," $9.3 million.

7. "Pride & Prejudice," $7 million.

8. "Derailed," $4.7 million.

9. "In the Mix," $4.5 million.

10. "The Ice Harvest," $3.7 million.

By Henry Cruz













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