Update: 'Prisoner' #1 around the world

Published June 13, 2004 at 5:01 PM
by Geri
from HPANA (via Coming Soon!/BoxOfficeMojo.com)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has beaten off three new releases this weekend to remain #1opens in new window at the U.S. box office but has seen a drop of over 62% from it's opening weekend salesopens in new window. The movie has also grabbed an estimated $65.5m from 40 countries this weekend for a $362m total in just two weeks.

Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban topped the box office in its second weekend earning an estimated $35.1 million from 3,855 theaters. The second sequel suffered a big drop in sales of 62.6% but has still managed to collect $158.1 million in its first 10 days. Sorcerer's Stone had collected $186.9 million and Chamber of Secrets $148.4 million in the same amount of time.

Box Office Mojoopens in new window is reporting that Prisoner is doing a substantial business overseas and has a breakdown of the film's take in some of the countries.

Australia recorded the best opening for the weekend for the third installment in the Harry Potter series with an estimated $8.2m (AU$11.5m) gross from 452 screens, which will be either the third or fourth biggest opening of all time in Australia. The debut was 8.4% ahead of Chamber of Secrets, 25% ahead of Sorcerer's Stone, and 9% ahead of Spider-Man.

After a phenomenal opening weekend, ranking as the second biggest ever, Azkaban grossed an estimated $3.2m (Peso 36.1m) from 750 screens in Mexico, down 40%, making its the (can you believe it) second biggest second weekend ever behind Spider-Man. The estimated cume to date of $10.6m (Peso 121m) is tracking a stunning 60% ahead of HP1 and 53% ahead of HP2. Clearly director Alfonso CuarĂ³n has phenomenal star power in Mexico.

Even with this significant drop in the U.S. Prisoner could still be on target to beat the global gross of $875m for Chamber of Secrets.

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