Warner Bros. is today touting that their Harry Potter franchise has become the highest-grossing film franchise, with grosses surpassing $4.47 billion. A figure high enough to eclipse the six Star Wars films and all 21 James Bond films.
The announcement was made by Barry Meyer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Office, Warner Bros.
On the announcement, Alan Horn said, “It would be an understatement to say we are proud of the success of the Harry Potter films. We also want to congratulate all of the extraordinary actors, filmmakers and artists who have shared this remarkable cinematic journey with us.”
The latest film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is still doing well in theaters, currently sitting at $288.20 million in domestic box office and $635.70 million overseas ($923.90 million worldwide). Of the five Harry Potter films thus far, it sits at #3 just barely behind second place Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($290.01 million).
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the next film in the series, will be released on November 21, 2008.
Source: Warner Bros.