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Harry Potter movies earn $7 billion

With the eighth Harry Potter film still raking in the cash worldwide, the series has been a huge money-maker for Warner Bros. studio.
/ Source: 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.

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."

'Harry Potter' world premiere

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'Harry Potter' world premiere

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling and the rest of the "Potter" cast gather in London to celebrate the eighth film and the end of a decade of work.

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)