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‘Potter’ breaks Japanese record

Film scores best ever Wednesday opening

TOKYO — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed in Japan on Wednesday with $3.57 million on 840 screens — besting “War of the Worlds” for the biggest-ever Wednesday opening.

This number was particularly impressive since Wednesday is Ladies Day at Japanese theaters, meaning women pay 1,000 yen ($10.69) for an adult admission, compared with the standard price of $19.24. Women account for the bulk of the “Potter” aud in Japan.

It now looks likely that the pic will earn $27 million in its first week and finish north of $100 million.

The pic’s stars — Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson — did not make a PR visit to Japan, though Tom Felton, who plays Potter rival Draco Malfoy, is skedded to come later this month.

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