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Potter profits: Stacking up film franchise phenomenons


Last Updated: July 7, 2011 11:00 AM ET



A true franchise phenomenon, the Harry Potter series has grossed more than $6 billion worldwide over the past decade. The Potter films are the highest grossing series in history, on an unadjusted basis, according to Forbes.

Amid much fan frenzy, the last film in the series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - will now roll out in theatres around the globe. Unflagging endurance and fan loyalty have helped set the boy wizard apart, with the worldwide gross for each of the eight films hovering around the $900 million mark, falling only once to a yield of about $795 million.

See how the Harry Potter series stacks up against other film franchises in worldwide gross figures in the charts below.

Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is the 9th highest-earning movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.
  • Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is ranked 67th in the list of box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation. Gone with the Wind (1939) and Star Wars (1977) rank #1 and 2.

The Twilight Saga

  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010) are the 42nd and 44th highest-earning films of all time.
  • Widest U.S. release: 4,468 theatres for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).
  • Smallest U.S. release: 3,649 theatres for Twilight (2008).

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Dead Man's Chest (2006), On Stranger Tides (2011 – still in release), At World's End (2007) and The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) are ranked 4th, 7th, 10th and 47th respectively in the list of highest-earning films of all time.
  • Dead Man's Chest (2006) ranks 45th in the list of all time box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation.

The Lord of the Rings

  • The Return of the King (2003), The Two Towers (2002) and The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) are ranked 3rd, 14th and 22nd respectively in the list of highest-earning films of all time.
  • Return of the King (2003) is ranked 51st in the list of all time box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation.

Indiana Jones

  • In the list of highest-grossing films of all time the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) ranks 32nd.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is ranked 17th in the list of all time box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation.

Jurassic Park

  • Jurassic Park (1993) is the 17th highest-grossing films of all time.
  • The same film is 18th in the list of all time box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation.

Star Wars

  • The Phantom Menace (1999) is the 15th highest-grossing film of all time.
  • Star Wars ranks 2nd in the list of all time box office domestic (U.S.) grosses adjusted for inflation while the Empire Strikes Back (1980) is 12th.
  • The first three films filmed in the series have been released three times.

Mission Impossible

  • Mission: Impossible II (2000) is the 71st highest-grossing film of all time.
  • Widest U.S. release: 4,059 theatres for Mission: Impossible III (2006).
  • Smallest U.S. release: 3,012 theatres for Mission: Impossible I (1996).


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