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Harry Potter film is the highest grossing film franchise of all time

All the Harry Potter movies have been a success financially and critically, making the franchise one of the major Hollywood “tent-poles” akin to James Bond, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. The series is noted by audiences for growing visually darker and more mature as each film was released. However, opinions of the films generally divide book fans, with some preferring the more faithful approach of the first two films and others preferring the more stylised character-driven approach of the later films.
Some also feel the series has a “disjointed” feel due to the changes in directors, as well as Michael Gambon’s interpretation of Albus Dumbledore differing from that of Richard Harris. Author J. K. Rowling has been constantly supportive of the films, and evaluated Deathly Hallows as her favourite one in the series. She wrote on her website of the changes in the book-to-film transition, “It is simply impossible to incorporate every one of my storylines into a film that has to be kept under four hours long. Obviously films have restrictions – novels do not have constraints of time and budget; I can create dazzling effects relying on nothing but the interaction of my own and my readers’ imaginations”

Box office

As of 2012, the Harry Potter film franchise is the highest grossing film franchise of all time, with the eight films released grossing over $7.7 billion worldwide. Without adjusting for inflation, this is higher than the first 22 James Bond films and the six films in the Star Wars franchise. Chris Columbus’s Philosopher’s Stone became the highest-grossing Harry Potter film worldwide upon completing its theatrical run in 2002, but it was eventually topped by David Yates’s Deathly Hallows – Part 2, while Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban grossed the least.

Motion Picture Release date Revenue Inflation Adjusted (Worldwide) Budget Reference
Worldwide United Kingdom North America
(appx. ticket sales)
Outside North America
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 16 November 2001 $974,755,371 £66,096,060 $317,575,550(55,913,000) $657,179,821 $1,227,850,042.88 $125,000,000
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 14 November 2002 $878,979,634 £54,780,731 $261,988,482(45,093,000) $616,991,152 $1,090,287,929.83 $100,000,000
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 31 May 2004 $796,688,549 £45,615,949 $249,541,069(40,184,000) $547,147,480 $947,462,829.52 $130,000,000
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 18 November 2005 $896,911,078 £48,328,854 $290,013,036(45,244,000) $606,898,042 $1,041,225,686 $150,000,000
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 11 July 2007 $939,885,929 £49,136,969 $292,004,738(42,443,000) $647,881,191 $1,020,828,830.69 $150,000,000
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 15 July 2009 $934,416,487 £50,713,404 $301,959,197(40,261,000) $632,457,290 $974,201,682.00 $250,000,000
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 19 November 2010 $956,399,711 £52,364,075 $295,983,305(37,500,000) $660,416,406 $969,707,879.97 Less than $250 million (official)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 15 July 2011 $1,328,111,219 £73,094,187 $381,011,219(56,000,000) $947,100,000 $1,328,111,219
Total $7,706,147,978 £440,269,736 $2,390,076,596 $5,316,071,382 $8,271,821,124.29 $1,155,000,000