July 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM EDT

The magical spell Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is casting at the box office keeps on bringing in great returns: In terms of worldwide ticket sales, the latest Potter flick — the series’ sixth film — jumped past the $100 million in its first 24 hours, according to a report in Variety. The movie pulled in $58.2 million domestically and $45.9 million internationally to rack up a total of $104 million, which is the franchise’s best start ever. The Wednesday night opening of the movie broke records in the U.S. when it grossed $22.2 million alone for its midnight runs.

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