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November 6, 2011

The popularity of the Harry Potter films

Filed under: movies and TV — ckrao @ 4:52 am

Never before has a series of as many as eight films had such sustained success both at the box office and while maintaining mostly positive reception among film critics and the general public. During the past decade the Harry Potter films have amassed some US$7.7 billion worldwide at the box office, more than any franchise (second is the James Bond franchise of 24 movies, followed by Star Wars – a list of highest grossing films is here), and with an average close to $1 billion worldwide per movie (second best is the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).

Movie Release Date Worldwide Gross (USD millions) Worldwide Gross Rank (Nov 2011) imdb rating (/10) Metascore (/100) rottentomatoes  fresh reviews
Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone Nov-01  974.76 11 7.2 64 148/186 (80%)
Chamber of Secrets Nov-02 878.98 24 7.2 63 170/205 (83%)
Prisoner of Azkaban Jun-04 796.69 33 7.7 82 210/232 (91%)
Goblet of Fire Nov-05 896.91 21 7.5 81 194/222 (87%)
Order of the Phoenix Jul-07 939.89 14 7.3 71 183/236 (78%)
Half Blood Prince Jul-09 934.42 15 7.3 78 212/254 (83%)
Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Nov-10 955.42 13 7.6 65 193/244 (79%)
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Jul-11 1,327.84 3 8.2 87 255/265 (96%)

That all the movies have a rottentomatoes score at least 78% is most impressive and shows large appraisal among critics.

Here is a graph comparing the worldwide grosses, including those of the three biggest markets: the US and Canada, the UK and Japan. The movie franchise is arguably more popular in the UK and Japan than the US. Note that the numbers are all in $US and do not adjust for inflation or fluctuating exchange rates.

The series sure ended well, in more ways than one!

References: boxofficemojo.com, rottentomatoes.com, imdb.com, metacritic.com

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1 Comment »

  1. […] an earlier post on the success of the Harry Potter films, I decided to do the same for the Pixar films. The Toy […]

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