Fourth pic in series earns worldwide launch of $187.8 mil
Harry Potter got $6.4 million richer — mostly from foreign markets — after the dust settled Monday from the launch of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”Warner Bros. reported a final international weekend gross of $85.5 million, a 7% boost from Sunday’s initial $80 million estimate, with gains coming in all 19 foreign markets. Final domestic gross inched up by about $900,000 or 1% to $102.3 million, giving the fourth Potter pic a worldwide launch of $187.8 million. The biggest hikes reported Monday came in Germany, with an additional $1.8 million for a $21.6 million weekend; in the U.K., with $1.3 million more for a $25.9 million frame; and in China, where Warners added $700,000 for a final $4.1 million weekend gross. Four other territories posted gains of $200,000 above the Sunday estimates, including Mexico with $7 million, Denmark with $2.8 million, Austria with $2.7 million and Norway with $2.4 million. As with previous Potter pics, Warners opted for a staggered foreign release pattern over three weekends. The largest new markets for “Goblet” this weekend include Argentina, Benelux, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Spain.