Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has accounted for neatly half of Warner Bros Pictures International’s (WBPI) mighty running total for the year-to-date.
The film stands at $882m and is easily 2011’s biggest performer outside North America. The global tally has reached $1.24bn. The Hangover Part II has played its part in pushing WBPI towards the $2bn milestone, grossing $327m internationally this year to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history.
WBPI has crossed $2bn internationally on three previous occasions in 2004, 2007 and 2010. It has grossed more than $1bn in a calendar year 14 tim, ranking as the market leader outside North America in six of the last 10 years.
“Even beyond the amazing performance of our final Harry Potter film, this has been a spectacular year for the studio,” WBPI president of distribution Veronika Kwan-Rubinek said.
“These incredible numbers are a testament to the diverse and powerful mix of films that our studio releases, along with the hard work and insight of our international distribution teams around the world. We’re tremendously gratified to reach this benchmark with so many exciting films yet to come.”
The studio’s fourth quarter releases include Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar, George Miller’s Happy Feet Two and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows.