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Harry Potter rules early box office

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Michelle Obama: big fan

Michelle Obama's Harry Potter reaction is one of utter delight after seeing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Potter rules the box office roostMichelle Obama and family were not alone and wanting to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince early as the latest from JK Rowling's series conquered the first-day release records.

Remember when the Obamas made a trip to London a few weeks ago?

No? Well, then check out the story here!

Harry Potter star Emma Watson recently indicated that First Lady Michelle Obama said that coming to the set was "more exciting" than, well, meeting the Queen!

During the final filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Michelle and Sasha and Malia visited the set in the United Kingdom. Watson told BBC Radio One that it was clinched that Harry Potter was universal when the First Lady arrived on the set. She said, "The children were obviously big fans, they were really inquisitive and asked loads of questions."

Well, the first family isn't the only fan base for the wildly famous and successful series. The sixth installment of Harry Potter literally smashed box office records. In less than 24 hours from its midnight opening, it raked in $22.2 million in cash.

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened on Wednesday, fans ran (translation: did not walk) into theaters. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are literally international household names. Get this – their flick surpassed The Dark Night's midnight earnings from '08 of $18 million as well as surpassing the Star Wars film from 2005 which earned $17 million.

One can only wonder the immense box office bucks to be earned after opening week from this flick? Consider this: just when you thought it couldn't be surpassed, two years ago Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix raked in $12 million on its very first day of release.

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