‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1’ Is the Top-Grossing Franchise Movie

The latest installment in the Hogwarts saga has earned $657.24 million in international markets, surpassing ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 breaks international franchise box office record
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 breaks international franchise box office record
Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has become the highest grossing installment in the Harry Potter franchise in international markets. With just months to go before the release of the finale of the record-breaking film series based on the beloved books by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has earned a staggering $657.24 million and counting, soaring past the previous record-holder, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which grossed $657 million. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"It's tremendously gratifying to reach this benchmark as we enter the final stretch of this remarkable journey," said Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. "We share this achievement with Jo Rowling, whose books are the foundation of this rich and vibrant world, as well as the talented people who brought her vision to life on the screen."

"We are also incredibly proud of our teams around the world who have brought a consistent level of excellence, passion and ingenuity to the campaigns for these films," said Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures. "And, of course, we're thrilled that longtime fans and new audiences alike have continued to champion each film, resulting in the huge success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."

Kwan-Rubinek added, "These numbers speak to the phenomenal and enduring strength of this property, which has captivated audiences across all borders, regardless of age or culture. We're looking forward to releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 this summer, which will be a fitting way to bring to a close the movie event of a generation."

With the success of its first six of seven titles, the Harry Potter series had already achieved the distinction of being the top-grossing film franchise of all time, with a combined worldwide gross of $6.37 billion. This benchmark for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 - which has earned $951.8 million worldwide - as well as the anticipation for Part 2, opening globally on July 15, 2011, should ensure its place in film history for years to come.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 was released November 19th, 2010 and stars Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Daniel Radcliffe, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Rupert Grint. The film is directed by David Yates.

Sources: Warner Bros.
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Comments (22)

  1. skywise

    I am not surprised at all.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. DoubleR0522

    Awesome News. Go HP !!!!

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  3. Tha Phoenix


    I couldn't have said it better myself. HP >>>>>

    4 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  4. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    2010 wasn't good for finales (Shrek 4 wasn't gross that much and Saw 3D was awful!) but HP7.1 did it, it may not be extreme success ($350 above is considered an extreme success!) in America but is a good thing Philippines and UK contribute it greatly!
    Now HP7.2 will soon rule 2011 as a billionaire!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    pfft, whomever started comparing the atrocity that is Twilight had horrible taste

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Dan

    And to attest to the popularity of the Harry Potter series, I have many family members and friends who couldn't be less interested in keeping up to date with movies, and yet vow to always be there on opening day for the HP movies, and they hold true to that vow. It's that transcendent aspect of the series that makes it rake in the big bucks. Times that by the world's population, and there you go.

    Twilight, since it is being compared to HP, will be a distant, ugly memory of the pussification of vampires and werewolves that several great, rated R movies will have to fix (the image, I mean). Harry Potter on the other hand, even with its duds (Phoenix and Half Blood) will be cherished for generations. Stop thinking about current statistics and think about who will be relevant 40 years from now still. Exactly.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 You got that right

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wonder what else Jk Rolling has...Granted she's a rich woman now, but I would like to see if she has any original stuff left

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. Dan

    What really sold part 1 for me was Hermione's telling of the Three Brothers story. It was an artistic departure for the series, and I loved the animation used. Not to mention it was a fascinating story within a story.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. Dan

    Deserved. I thought Part 1 was great. The calm before the storm, and one last in depth look at the trio's relationship before all Hell breaks loose in the final installment. I don't like the wait between the parts, but in the end it will be beneficial to the story and sweet to watch back to back on Blu Ray in the future.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Half Blood was terrible

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. Kinetic

    I want Harry Potter Hallows Part 2 to beat the heck out of damn Avatar in terms of box office draw... let it be #1 for a good long while....

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  13. Kinetic

    I want, at the end of the credits to Hallows Part 2, for as much of the cast as can be, to appear one more time and do like on broadway, a closing ceremony bow thanking the audience....

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  14. FrankenFate

    @ridgl it's everyone man, Harry Potter is the top #1 movie in the world, f*ck Twilight, Harry Potter wins, battle over, there ain't no way in hell Twilight can pass over this much money, no way in -HELL- that can happen

    4 years agoby @frankenfateFlag

  15. Kinetic

    I love them all, but for me, The Prisoner of Azkaban was the worst one, and that's the one that made me a fan of the series, until i saw it, i thought it was just a cheap LOTR knockoff....

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  16. K-Man

    @ridgl - Its still out here in North America, let alone overseas. It's in the dollar theaters.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  17. Daveactor7

    Awesome news. But to Prisoner of Azkaban will always be the best movie

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  18. ridgl

    that sh*t is still out overseas?

    4 years agoby @ridglFlag

  19. TheDude1

    @moviegeek Okay it was actually Order of the Phoenix and not the last installment like I had thought. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100708/02510310122.shtml

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  20. moviegeek

    @thedude1 I never heard that.

    As for this article, $657 mil was far more impressive in 2001 that it is 10 years later.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  21. TheDude1

    Didn't the last installment actually lose money because of an accounting error?

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

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