So says Warner Bros., in an announcement proclaiming that the "Harry Potter" movies in total have now grossed more worldwide than any other film franchise, including "Star Wars" and James Bond. (Potter still trails top-ranked "Star Wars" and Bond at the North American box office, according to Box Office Mojo.
Warner gleefully notes there are still two Potter movies to come. Of course, there can still be more Bond movies -- generations of them, casting permitting.
Detailed announcement after the jump ...
Here are Warner's words:
With the success of ''Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix,'' Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter films have now become, worldwide, the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history.
The announcement was made today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and Alan Horn, President & Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.
The combined worldwide box office gross for the five Harry Potter films to date is in excess of $4.47 billion, surpassing the box office totals of all 22 James Bond films and the six ''Star Wars'' movies.
This impressive record comes even as ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' is still going strong in theatres around the globe, and with two more highly anticipated Harry Potter films -- ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' and ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'' -- still in the offing.
In addition to holding the franchise box office record, all five of the Harry Potter films have the distinction of being among the 20 top-grossing box office hits of all time. ...
The next Harry Potter film, ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince,'' will open on November 21, 2008. The seventh and final film, ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,'' is planned for a 2010 release.
(And yes, Joann, I am still working on that post about the seventh book.)