“Harry Potter” about to cross $1 billion mark for first time

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Harry Potter franchise has passed yet another major milestone, as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final film, passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

It is the first film in the franchise to accomplish such a feat, THR reports.

It should be a monumental weekend for the Potter series. By Sunday, the second “Deathly Hallows” should surpass “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as the highest-grossing Potter film. It also will top the international numbers posted by last year’s first “Deathly Hallows” film, which earned $659 million in ticket sales.

As THR notes, “Deathly Hallows” will become only the ninth movie in history to gross more than $1 billion worldwide. Other films include “The Dark Knight” ($1 billion); Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” ($1.02 billion); and this summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” ($1.03 billion), which explains why there are rumors of a fifth “Pirates” film as we speak.

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