'Harry Potter' works new charms with $43M overseas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harry Potter has conjured up a tidy sum from the first overseas debuts of his final film.

Distributor Warner Bros. says "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $43.6 million in 26 countries outside the United States on its first day Wednesday.

Studio executives said Thursday the franchise finale had the biggest opening day ever in several countries, including Australia with $7.5 million, Italy with $4.6 million, and Sweden with $2.1 million. In France, the studio said "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" had the biggest Wednesday opening ever at $7.1 million.

"Deathly Hallows" continues opening worldwide Thursday and Friday. In the United States, the film is expected to put up franchise-record numbers as it debuts just after midnight Friday.

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