Double success is attained by "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in its weekend debut of July 13-15, 2007 for the flick not only rules the domestic market but also dominates the international circuit as it graced more than 12,000 screens in 44 territories during the days.
Registering the biggest opening surge in the fantasy franchise's history, the fifth chapter of the series amazingly scores an estimated massive gross of $190.3 million overseas to make a fantastic opening tally of $330.3 million worldwide, becoming No.1 movie in all the markets in which it played.
Biggest international income comes from the U.K. where it sets an estimated record $32.9 million from 1,390 screens. Germany contributes $18.875 million from 1,300 sites with France, Australia, Korea, and Mexico providing $16.9 million, $14.4 million, $12.1 million, and $10 million, respectively.
Coming behind the Warner Bros. Pictures release is Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures' "Transformers" which scoops an estimated $35.9 million from 3,793 screens in 33 markets, in the meantime creating the biggest opening-market gross for any foreign feature in China by drawing in $12.6 million from 300 screens. "Shrek the Third" follows behind after being able to pull an estimated $18.7 million from 5,390 locations in 54 markets.
Elsewhere, "Live Free or Die Hard", known internationally as "Die Hard 4", takes the fourth spot with an estimated $17.7 million from about 6,900 screens in 49 territories, raising its total international gross to $123 million. The fifth rank goes to Disney/Pixar's animated "Ratatouille", thanks to its decent effort to add $5.8 million it gains from 2,098 screens in 13 countries.