Harry Potter Charms Box Office

Order of the Phoenix rakes in $330m worldwide
By Theodore Bressman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:26 AM CDT
Fans rush in to the movie theater to be among the first to see the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie, July 10, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix wrought some serious magic at movie theaters to collect $77.4 million for its U.S. weekend debut and zoom past Transformers, Ratatouille and Bruce Willis's Live Free or Die Hard.  That brings Potter's five-day domestic take to $140 million—highest of the series and sixth highest on record. 

The latest in the wizard saga was the first to open on a Wednesday—besting Spider-Man 2 for the biggest Wednesday ever—and the first to debut in July. The film has collected an additional $190.3 million in 44 other countries. Transformers slipped to second place, earning $36 million.