HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Becomes the Highest-Grossing Film of 2011

     August 9, 2011

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We all knew Harry Potter would go out with a bang after a decade in multiplexes.  Yet Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is shattering even our very high expectations at the box office.  Warner Bros. announced today that Deathly Hallows is the unequivocal highest-grossing film of 2011 in less than a month of release.  As of August 8, the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga has totaled $344.8 million domestically to best Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and an astounding $801.5 million internationally to surpass Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  The worldwide total of $1.146 billion lands Deathly Hallows just behind Avatar and Titanic on the all-time charts.  Inflation and the artificial boost of 3D surcharges muddle the true importance of these rankings, but any gross measured in billions is still very impressive.

Read the full press release after the jump.

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“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2” IS THE NUMBER ONE FILM OF 2011

The finale of the series is the top-grossing film domestically and internationally.

BURBANK, CA, August 9, 2011 – Continuing to make box office magic, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” has now become the top-grossing release of 2011 in all categories: domestic box office, international box office and worldwide box office.  The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.

The last installment of the blockbuster motion picture franchise has broken numerous box office records around the world in just under a month since its July opening.  As of August 8, the film had earned $344.8 million domestically and $801.5 million internationally, for an astounding worldwide box office gross of $1.146 billion, making “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” the third-highest-grossing film worldwide of all time.

Veronika Kwan-Rubinek stated, “‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ can truly be called a global phenomenon.  The filmmakers and cast, who dedicated their talents to the success of these films for over a decade, share in this piece of cinema history.  We congratulate and thank them all.”

Dan Fellman said, “This is another incredible milestone for the last chapter of this historic film series, and for the Harry Potter franchise as a whole.  In a crowded and very competitive summer, it is a tribute to both the film and the people behind it that moviegoers are still turning out to enjoy it—whether for the first time or for a repeat viewing.”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series.  In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war.  The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.  But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.  It all ends here.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.  The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

The film was directed by David Yates, and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and J.K. Rowling.  Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.  Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the first Harry Potter film to be released in both 3D and 2D.  Concurrently with its nationwide theatrical distribution, the film is being released in select IMAX® theatres.  The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  It has been rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.

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