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"Potter" opens big in France

Dec 09, 2001 | 8:16am EST

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has had a big debut in France, registering sales of 475,000 on opening Day Wednesday, according to Screen International. However, it fell short of the 503,000 admissions counted for the French comedy La Vrit Si Je Mens 2 earlier this year -- a movie that went on to rack up more 7.83 million ticket sales this year.

Suggesting that the Harry Potter frenzy may have calmed, the original artwork for the second novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, failed to attract a buyer at an auction at Christie's London Thursday. It had been expected to fetch about $45,000. Two other original covers sold at their minimum asking price. The cover artwork for the first book recently sold for about $125,000.

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