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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the Highest Grossing Film in the Series

Warner Bros. Pictures’ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" has just become the highest-grossing film in the franchise when it comes to the international markets. With a few months to go before the release of the 2nd part finale based on the books by J.K. Rowling, Part 1 has earned a staggering $657.24 million and counting, soaring past the previous record-holder, 2001’s "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" which grossed $657 million. The announcement was made by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek on March 9, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Read more about this feat after the jump.

“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. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in total has earned $951.8 million worldwide.


The acclaimed franchise will have another shot at history come the middle of the year. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is scheduled for release on July 15, 2011.
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