|Posted on July 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM|
Warner Brothers announced today that the Harry Potter franchise, by surpassing the $7 billion-mark with both domestic and international sales, is now the highest grossing franchise of all time. Now overtaking the much loved Star Wars saga. Several WB executives spoke on the achievement:
With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” still in the first week of its record-breaking run, the Harry Potter film franchise has now crossed the $7 billion mark worldwide, and counting. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” has earned an astounding $640.2 million worldwide in its initial week, encompassing $214.9 million domestically and $425.3 million at the international box office.
Robinov stated, “It is an extraordinary privilege for everyone at Warner Bros. to share in this piece of cinema history. We are extremely grateful to the Harry Potter fans, who have remained loyal to the movies for more than a decade. We also want to congratulate the amazing roster of actors and filmmakers, whose artistry and talent is evident in every frame of every film. But special thanks must go to the woman whose incomparable imagination literally changed the world, Jo Rowling.”
Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Worldwide Marketing, noted, “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.”
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, said, “Becoming a $7 billion-plus franchise is a stunning achievement, which is shared by everybody involved in any or all of the Harry Potter films. On the domestic side, the studio is also thrilled to have reached the billion-dollar benchmark for an unprecedented eleventh year in a row. We thank everyone at Warner Bros. whose hard work and dedication have contributed so much to our success.”
The collective Harry Potter films are the highest-grossing franchise of all time, a global record it has held since the success of the sixth film, 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
Individually, the worldwide grosses for the previous films stand as:
• “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at $974,755,371
• “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” at $878,979,634
• “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at $796,688,549
• “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at $896,911,078
• “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” at $939,885,929
• “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at $934,416,487
• “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” at $955,417,476.
Potter for the People sends our CONGRATS to the Potter Franchise!!!