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Harry Potter sequel tops global record

By Sean O’Connell Do you think it’s too late for Warner Bros. to divide the final “Harry Potter” film in half once again so that the franchise can be extended just a little bit longer?

I’m kidding. But once the studio sees the latest box-office figures for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” I’m sure someone in the highest offices will give it a passing consideration.

That’s because “Hallows” just became the highest grossing installment of the multi-film franchise outside North America, earning $657.24 million outside of our territory, according to THR. That puts it right ahead of the previous box-office leader, the inaugural “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which grossed $657 million at the foreign box office.

Globally, however, it’s still behind “Stone” when North American ticket sales are factored in. reports that “Hallow” has grossed nearly $951 million compared with $975 million for the 2001 picture. Also, as THR notes, figures “have not been adjusted for inflation.”

Not that comparing the films matters too much when you consider that the entire “Potter” franchise has grossed $5.4 billion globally for Warner Bros. And it will continue to earn bank this summer.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2,” the final installment, opens in the U.S. on July 15.

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