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Potter smashes Bond

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Potter smashes Bond

It took one British icon to defeat another in the battle for the UK box office crown. UK/US co-production Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [+see also:
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has made cinema history at the UK box office this weekend, breaking records for the biggest three-day opening, the biggest single day, the biggest Friday, and the biggest Saturday of all time at UK cinemas.

James Bond film Quantum of Solace [+see also:
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previously held the biggest three-day opening and the biggest ever Friday with £15,384,217 and £4,957,917 respectively and the fourth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire held both the previous records for the biggest single day and the biggest Saturday at UK cinemas with £5,657,391.

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According to Warner Bros estimates, the new Potter film has taken in an estimated £17.5m in the UK over the three-day weekend, thus beating the Quantum of Solace mark. Potter £5.9m on Friday and £6.6m on Saturday and the rest on Sunday, in the process sweeping the record for biggest Friday, biggest Saturday and biggest single day.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, said, “The opening of this film has become an extraordinary worldwide event. These remarkable box office numbers are a testament to the talents of the filmmakers, cast and to the vision of J.K. Rowling, the creator of this magical world.”

Part 2 opens on July 15, 2011.

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