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Harry Potter film crosses $1 billion mark

MUMBAI: Grossing 466.4 million from 15,400 cinema halls in 59 markets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 coasted to the weekend’s No. 1 box office slot averaging about $17,000 per day over the last week on the foreign theatrical circuit.


After reigning at the top box office spot for the third consecutive weekend, the film now ranks as the highest grossing title ever released overseas by Warner Bros.


On the overseas circuit, the eighth installment accumulated box office collections of $690 million offshore in 19 days of foreign release. Globally, the tally exceeds the $1 billion gross mark more than doubles the films domestic take of $318.5 million. 


In comparison, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has become part of the elite billion dollar club while Paramount‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon promises to become one within days.


The billion dollar winner films are Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man‘s Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight.


Before this summer, only seven movies in history had grossed $1 billion or more at the domestic box office. Now there are nine, between Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Deathly Hallows 2, the first film in the franchise to reach the milestone. Dark of the Moon will make it ten.

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