Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 worked its magic on international audiences to become the highest grossing instalment of the franchise in international markets.
A press release from Warner Bros. said the film earned $657.24m, overtaking previous record-holder, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which grossed $657m.
“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.’
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 $6.37b.
According to the statement, this benchmark for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1- which has earned $951.8m 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.