Hallows Part 2 is third biggest-grossing film of all-time

The boy wizard’s eighth outing works its magic

The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise has earned a total of $1.137 billion globally, bringing it in at third place on the list of highest grossing films of all time.

The figure should make the movie 2011's most successful film by a comfortable margin.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shattered the opening weekend record, taking $483.2m worldwide and currently sits behind James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78 billion) and Titanic ($1.84 billion) in the little under a month that it’s been in cinemas.

Although it’s unlikely that the Potter finale will surpass either film anytime soon, fans are still ker-chinging through the box-office – many for a second or third viewing.

All the Potter films have been commercial hits, with the second most successful – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) – trousering $974.8m in global box-office (over 7 times its budget).

Even the series' lowest performer – Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004) pulled in $796.7m from a budget of around $130m.

Warner Bros have confirmed they will be launching an Oscar campaign for Hallows Part 2, hoping that the series will follow in the footsteps of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, which scooped up a total of eleven Oscars – including Best Picture – at the 2003 ceremony, following the final film's release.
 

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