July 22, 2011 / 10:26 AM / 8 years ago

Harry Potter films cross $7 billion box office mark

LONDON (Reuters) - The eight Harry Potter movies have earned more than $7 billion at the box office, Warner Bros said, cementing their place as the biggest grossing series ever.

Over six thousand fans watch "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Croatian movie premiere at the Roman Amphitheatre in the northern Adriatic city of Pula, 270 km (167 miles) south-west from capital Zagreb, July 19, 2011. Picture taken July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Although the total does not take into account inflation, and attendance figures have generally declined throughout the series according to some analyses, the franchise has been a major success for the Hollywood studio.

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, called the tally a “stunning achievement.”

Warner made all eight of the Harry Potter movies which are closely based on the seven novels by British author J.K. Rowling.

The studio decided to split the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” into two movies, the second of which hit theatres on July 15. It is the first of the boy wizard stories to be available in 3-D.

The end of the franchise raises questions about what might take its place at Warner and in Hollywood generally, although a senior Warner executive has said the studio would rely partly on its DC Comics unit to fill the void.

Fellman said in a statement that Warner had also reached the $1 billion box office mark in North America for the 11th straight year.

Warner Bros gave the following global box office grosses for the Harry Potter movies:

* “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone” (2001) - $974,755,371

* “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002) - $878,979,634

* “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) -$796,688,549

* “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) -$896,911,078

* “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007) - $939,885,929

* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009) - $934,416,487

* “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” (2010) - $955,417,476

* “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” (2011) - $640,200,000 (after first week of release)

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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