Just as things are about to end, the wizarding world heats up. A scant 4 months before the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise hits theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 has become the highest grossing film in the series in international markets. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 has earned a staggering $657.24 million and counting, according to an announcement made Wednesday, 9 March, 2001 by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of international Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. The previous record, $657 million was held by the first film in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which premiered in 2001.
“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, who 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.”
The Harry Potter series already has the distinction of being the top-grossing film franchise of all time, with the first six of the planned seven titles grossing $6.37 billion worldwide. The international benchmark announced this week bring’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 to a total earning of $951.8 million. Adding the anticipation for Part 2, which is set to open globally on 15 July, 2011.
“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,” stated Kwan-Rubinek.