'Harry Potter' Franchise Crosses $7 Billion Mark at Worldwide Box Office

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The Harry Potter film franchise continues to collect enough gold to rival the holdings in Gringott’s Wizarding Bank.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 concludes its first week in theaters around the world, the eight-film series has crossed the $7 billion mark in total worldwide grosses.

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The newest Potter film has earned $640.2 million worldwide: It has rung up $214.9 million domestically and an additional $425.3 million at the international box office, Warner Bros. Group president Jeff Robinov said.

Potter’s explosive opening also pushed Warners’ domestic box office take for 2011 over the $1 billion mark for an 11th consecutive year, an industry record.

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“It is an extraordinary privilege for everyone at Warner Bros. to share in this piece of cinema history," Robinov 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.

As Warners' exec team, including domestic distribution president Dan Fellman and international distribution president Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, all took a collective bow, Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing, added: “Each film has inspired us creatively, and it has been exciting to watch the evolution through eight remarkable movies. It has truly been the movie event of a generation, as Harry Potter fans who were there from the beginning have been joined by new fans over the years, and their enthusiasm -- as well as our own -- has never waned.”

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Even before the latest movie opened, the Potter franchise was already the highest-grossing franchise of all time, beating out both the Star Wars and James Bond movies, a status it has held since the sixth film, 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Individually, the worldwide grosses for the previous films are: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, $974,755,371; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, $878,979,634; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, $796,688,549; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, $896,911,078; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $939,885,929; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $934,416,487; and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, $955,417,476.

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