'Deathly Hallows Part 2' soars to third highest-grossing film of all-time
Tuesday 09 August 2011
This past weekend, the finale in the Harry Potter franchise reached the magical $1.14 billion mark worldwide to become the third highest grossing film of all-time, sweeping past the previous record holder, 2003's
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 now ranks under James Cameron's Titanic ($1.8 billion) and Avatar ($2.8 billion), the second and first films, respectively.
In under four weeks, the eighth installment of the film series has collected $343.1 million in the US and $792.4 million internationally, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Potter blockbuster opened in China last weekend, making $26.5 million, the biggest ever debut for a Warner Bros. film.
Based on the best-selling J.K. Rowling novels, the eight Harry Potter films make up the highest-grossing film franchise, having made more than $7.4 billion worldwide, per TheNumbers.com. Not adjusting for inflation, this is higher than the 22 James Bond films and six Star Wars films.
With home video/DVD/Blu-ray sales, the estimate climbs closer to a total of $10 million, according to Forbes - an impressive feat for a 10-year old series.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Laughs go global as Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran bring international comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women