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“Harry Potter” tops “Lord of the Rings” on all-time charts

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The boy wizard continues to cast his magic spell over the box office charts.

Late Monday, David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” moved past Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” to become the third-highest-grossing film of all time on the international charts. The final “Potter” has posted $1.13 billion in ticket sales, surpassing Jackson’s $1.11B for “King.”

The only films still ahead of the eighth and final “Potter” are James Cameron’s blockbusters “Titanic” ($1.84B) and “Avatar” ($2.78B). It’s possibly “Harry” can catch the sinking ship, but Cameron’s blue creatures likely will hold on to the top slot for a while longer.

In addition to moving into the all-time slot, “Potter” continues to crush records for the year 2011.

As THR reports, the sequel “was expected to keep racking up records … when edging past ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ ($344.2 million) to become the top grossing film of 2011 in North America, a title it’s likely to hold for the rest of the year. And ‘Deathly Hallows 2’ is only days away from overtaking ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ ($798.1 million) to become the No. 1 international title of the year.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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