HARRY POTTER: $4.5 BILLION

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07.17.09 27 Comments

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earned $104 million worldwide yesterday, setting a one-day international box office record.

The U.S.-Canadian tally, which includes a record $22.2 million from midnight showings, marks the second-biggest Wednesday opening domestically. Only last month’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” scored a bigger midweek first-day gross, with $62 million in domestic ticket sales on Wednesday June 24, according to Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.

The latest “Harry Potter” ($58.18 million in North America) also ranks as the fourth-highest single-day gross for a film release in North America, behind No. 1 “Dark Knight” ($67.1 million), No. 2 “Transformers: Revenge,” and third-place “Spider-Man 3” ($59.8 million).

The first five films in the franchise, one of the most lucrative in Hollywood history, have so far taken in about $4.5 billion collectively at the global box office. [AP]

Meanwhile, box office records weren’t the only records Harry Potter was breaking, as Daniel Radcliffe broke the record for looking like a porcelain doll that rapes.

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