Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has cleaned up at the box office in its first 24 hours, leaving new records in its wake.
When the pic opened at midnight on Wednesday it passed The Dark Knight to become the biggest earning midnight box office opener of all time with $22.2M.
It followed by taking $58.2M in the US and $45.9M internationally to finish with a whopping $104M in box office revenue in its first 24 hours – the biggest haul any Harry Potter film in the franchise has seen across the same time frame.
Further, the film has broken the Japanese record by taking $3.57 million to pass War of the Worlds with the biggest ever Wednesday opening in Japan.
In Australia Half Blood Prince is estimated to have grossed more than $3.2M marking it as the third best opening day gross ever in the country (behind only Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).
Pundits expect Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to end up being the biggest earning Harry Potter film yet. It seems the franchise will remain the highest earning movie franchise of all time for a long while to come.