Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is continuing to shatter box office records.
In the latest news the film has broken the record for the largest five-day overseas opening in history, dragging in $237M internationally from 54 territories and 15,900 screens (eclipsing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End which opened May 23, 2007 and took $218.4 million over its first five days).
In the US Prince has become the sixth biggest domestic five day opener ever with $159.7M (The Dark Knight sits at no.1 with $203.8 million).
Warner have also announced that the film has achieved the largest Imax opening to date with 61 screens pulling in $3.6M.
As a result the worldwide total for the five day stretch hit $396.7M making the film the biggest five-day opener in history, passing Spider-Man 3’s $381.7 million set in 2007.
When the pic opened at midnight last Wednesday it passed The Dark Knight to become the biggest earning midnight box office opener of all time with $22.2M.
It went on to break the Japanese record by taking $3.57 million to pass War of the Worlds as the biggest opener in Japanese history.
In Australia the film achieved the third best opening day in history with $3.2M.
The international success of the Harry Potter films isn’t new. Of the $4.48 billion the franchise has earned worldwide from the previous films $3.07 billion has been derived internationally.