“Harry Potter” Finale Reaches $1-Billion Mark

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has become the first of the franchise’s eight films to breach the $1-billion plateau.

Warner Bros. said the “Harry Potter” finale has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise, although the first part of the series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” remains the record holder in terms of ticket sales. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is expected to surpass “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” as 2011’s top grosser. “Pirates” currently holds the record with $1.032 billion thus far.

“Harry Potter” and “Pirates” are the only films to join the billion-dollar club, so far, although “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is inching closer with nearly $983 million in worldwide ticket sales. “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” however, is still a long way from topping “Avatar” as the number one movie in terms of box-office earnings. The Steven Spielberg masterpiece has earned more than $2.780 billion worldwide. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is currently in eighth place on the all-time list.