Harry Potter film crosses $1 billion mark

 MUMBAI: The last of Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has crossed the $1 billion mark globally at the end of the first week.

The latest Potter film has earned $640.2 million worldwide. While the film has grossed $214.9 million domestically, it raked in an additional $425.3 million at the international box office, it is understood.

The terrific opening of the film also pushed Warners‘ domestic box office take for 2011 to over $1 billion for the eleventh consecutive year.
Commented Warner Bros president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll, "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."

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 films, a status it has held since the sixth film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that released in 2009.

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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