“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” opened Saturday in about 340 theaters across Japan to large crowds eager to watch the wildly popular movie about the adventures of the young wizard.

Film distributor Warner Bros. hopes the film, adapted from the global best seller written by British author J.K. Rowling, can match the box-office record set by the Japanese animated film “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (“Spirited Away”).

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