'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' took in $101.4 million in its weekend debut -- the fourth highest opening gross ever, according to the distributor.
'Spider-Man' still holds the record for the biggest opener ever at $115 million back in 2001.
'Goblet' took in an estimated $36 million on its opening night (Nov. 18) and recorded the biggest opening weekend of any of the 'Potter' films.
The film could mark a turnaround in the slumping movie business, which has seen 2005 revenues decline seven percent from last year.
Movie honchos are banking on big openings in December to turn around a long box office slump, notably Universal's 'King Kong' and Disney's 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'