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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Potter makes 5m on its first day
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The third Harry Potter film came out on Monday, a bank holiday
The new Harry Potter film has smashed British box office records by becoming the first film to make over 5m on its first day of release in the UK.

The Prisoner of Azkaban opened in 535 locations on Monday and made 5.03m.

According to the Screen Daily website it had the biggest opening day and biggest single day takings in the UK.

The last Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, made 2.18m on its first day of release - a Friday - and a further 4.3m on the Saturday.

The UK release of the third Harry Potter film was tactically brought forward to coincide with a bank holiday and the first day of the school half-term holidays.


It had originally been scheduled to come out on 4 June, the same day as its US release.

Its main competition, disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, also performed well, making 7.3m over the whole weekend.

Harry Potter is sure to outperform the UK openings of other big movies already released this year.

Horror romp Van Helsing made 4.94m in its first three days of release, while the Brad Pitt epic Troy accrued 6m over the same period.


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