It’s official: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has brought in $1 billion globally.
According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the eighth and final installment in the “Potter” franchise crossed the $1 billion mark on Sunday, accounting for both domestic and foreign markets. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” meanwhile, still hasn’t been able to accumulate $1 billion global bragging rights although it opened two weeks ahead of “Potter.”
“Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s” climb to the $1 billion mark took just 19 days, and the movie tied with “Avatar” for the fastest rise to that box office amount. With the film’s total so far being $1.008 billion, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is now ranked eighth on the site’s all-time highest global box office chart, surpassing “The Dark Knight.”
If there was an Olympics of box office records, surely the wizards of Hogwarts would have more than a few medals by now.
In the latest update on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s” box office domination comes news that the “Potter” movies have collectively pushed past the “Star Wars” films to become the top grossing franchise in the history of the domestic box office.
As of Friday morning, the eight “Harry Potter” films grossed $2.234 billion domestically overall, according to a rep from Warner Bros. “Star Wars,” meanwhile, pulled in $2.218 billion domestically, although this record does not reflect an adjustment for price inflation.
When it comes to “Potter’s” global appeal, the franchise has held on to the top spot as the highest earning franchise since 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The series of films, with the release of the last one, crossed the $7 billion mark in global box office returns this week, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.
It’s an event more than a decade in the making — after years growing alongside “The Boy Who Lived,” Harry Potter fans clambered into theaters at midnight Thursday to behold the final battle between their hero and the Dark Lord Voldemort.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” marks the end of the book series and film franchise that has enamored a generation for more than 12 years.
The final installment has grossed $25 million from advanced ticket sales, thanks to fans such as Megan Lipscomb, 18, who was one of many to buy tickets online days before the movie hit theaters.
She watched the premiere in Dalton, Georgia, and even in this small town, Potter fans came out in droves dressed as their favorite characters.
“There were really a lot of people with lightning bolts on their foreheads,” Lipscomb said.
Author J.K. Rowling‘s books have captivated a generation and inspired everything, from a multibillion-dollar film franchise to a theme park in Orlando.
Though tears will be shed and lives will be lost on screen, Daniel Radcliffe told CNN’s Larry King this installment is the best one yet.
“I think in this film, we find the best between the emotional side of the films and the action-packed adventure, exciting side. I think we’ve never gotten the balance so right before,” Radcliffe said.
After seeing the premiere, Lipscomb agrees.
“The last one was really long and parts were boring. But not this one. This one kept me on the edge of my seat.”
Lipscomb said she was not the only one in the theater who loved this last chapter of Harry Potter.
“There were some people crying during the movie, and there was a big applause in the theater at the end of the movie,” she said.
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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has already earned $25 million domestically – and the film hasn’t even opened yet.
At the rate it’s going, the final installment of the franchise could break records.
According to Warner Bros., the majority of pre-ordered tickets are for midnight screenings, which means the film could take the title of most successful midnight opening away from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”
“Eclipse” racked up $30 million in ticket sales when it debuted at midnight in June 2010.
And there’s a good chance “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will garner an additional $5 to $6 million in advanced ticket sales before the film hits theaters on Friday, according to Variety, the first outlet to report the news.
Have you already purchased your “Potter” tickets?