The second film of the Harry Potter series opened throughout Japan on Saturday at about 860 screens at 360 theaters.

It was the largest opening ever for a movie in Japan.

Nearly 400 people lined up at a theater in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district to get into a 7:30 a.m. screening of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Some movie houses were so packed people had to stand.

“Chamber,” based on British author J.K. Rowling’s best-selling book, is the sequel to last year’s smash hit, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The first film made a record 1.5 billion yen in the first two days of its Japan release. Its distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, hopes to set a new record this weekend with the sequel.

“Sorcerer’s Stone” grossed $970 million worldwide.

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