Potter Warners' franchise player


Warner Bros. Pictures said that the five "Harry Potter" movies had grossed $4.47 billion worldwide through Monday, surpassing the boxoffice generated by the 22 James Bond movies. That gives the Burbank studio bragging rights for the most lucrative film franchise ever — with two "Potter" films to come (HR 9/11).

Fueled by worldwide grosses totaling $923.7 million for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the franchise on Sept. 2 passed theatrical coin generated by the 007 films, which totals $4.44 billion.

The six-film "Star Wars" franchise sits third on the list of most-lucrative movie series, with $4.23 billion in worldwide boxoffice.