Warner Bros. claimed that its "Harry Potter" film series has become the biggest franchise in history.
The fantastic performance of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" on the box office so far not only brings more remarkable profit to Warner Bros. Pictures, but turns out to also give contribution in making the fantasy series the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history.
Official announcement of this superb achievement was made Monday, September 10 by Warner Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry Meyer also President and Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn. It was reported that the five "Harry Potter" films have scored a combined worldwide income of over $4.47 billion to date, surpassing the box office totals of all twenty-two "James Bond" films and the six "Star Wars" movies to become the biggest film franchise ever.
"It would be an understatement to say we are proud of the success of the 'Harry Potter' films," Horn said in a statement. "We also want to congratulate all of the extraordinary actors, filmmakers and artists who have shared this remarkable cinematic journey with us."
Also expressing his delight upon finding the series to be the top big screen franchise around the globe was the studio's President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman.
"It is a thrill to see the 'Harry Potter' franchise reach this unparalleled mark, and, with two movies yet to come, it is amazing to think what heights the franchise could reach by the end of the decade," he commented.
The next installment of the teen wizard's tale, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", has already been slated for a November 21, 2008 release while the final flick, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", is planned to hit theaters in 2010.