Harry Potter hits the $7 billion mark
Harry Potter has cast a spell at the box office! After setting loads of new records last weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the Harry Potter franchise is now the highest-grossing series ever.
And Warner Bros. just announced that the magical eight-film series has raked in an astonishing $7 billion worldwide!
In the U.S., Harry Potter’s wands beat out Star Wars’ lightsabers — Star Wars held the previous box office record as the biggest-grossing series with its six films and now Harry Potter has conjured up the top spot.
The eight Harry Potter movies have taken in $2.223 billion and counting domestically, surpassing Star Wars’ $2.218 billion take.
Harry Potter has held the global record as the highest-grossing franchise since 2009 when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hit theaters.
In its first week alone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned a whopping $640.2 million globally, including $214.9 million in the U.S. and $425.3 million internationally.
“It is an extraordinary privilege for everyone at Warner Bros. to share in this piece of cinema history,” Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said. “We are extremely grateful to the Harry Potter fans, who have remained loyal to the movies for more than a decade. We also want to congratulate the amazing roster of actors and filmmakers, whose artistry and talent is evident in every frame of every film. But special thanks must go to the woman whose incomparable imagination literally changed the world, Jo Rowling.”
Harry Potter worldwide grosses:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – $974,755,371
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – $878,979,634
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – $796,688,549
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – $896,911,078
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) – $939,885,929
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – $934,416,487
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) – $955,417,476
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – $640,200,000 (after first week of release)
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