Harry Potter takes No. 1 series title from 007

Over at the Yahoo! Movies site, there’s the news that the boy wizard has beaten out the gentlemen agent with a license to kill for top-grossing movie series title.

The most successful movie franchise of all time is the “Harry Potter” series, which recently edged out another famous Brit: James Bond.

According to Box Office Mojo, the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s beloved books have earned a staggering $5.4 billion worldwide, not adjusted for inflation.

The 22 films considered part of the official Bond canon (the 1967 spoof “Casino Royale” and the 1983 out-of-continuity “Never Say Never Again” don’t count) have earned an estimated $5 billion globally. But even if the earnings of those two films were included, it still wouldn’t be enough to put 007 on top.

You can read the entire story BY CLICKING HERE. These figures don’t adjust for inflation. But the article also points out there are still Potter films in the pipeline while the 007 series is on hiatus because of the financial uncertainty at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

4 Responses

  1. Mr. Avila’s argument is disingenuous considering the cost of a cinema ticket today compared to almost 50 years ago. Is “Most Successful” measured in total dollars? Really?

    Compare total tickets sold per film series and I’m confident 007 puts a bullet in the brain of that theory.

  2. The same thing applies to Avatar, which is No. 1 all-time in unadjusted dollars.

  3. […] sword: box office receipts vs. tickets sold Posted on May 16, 2010 by The HMSS Editors The news that Harry Potter has passed James Bond for the most successful movies series, can stir reactions from Bond fans (including HMSS’s […]

  4. […] Hollywood: Until recently, the James Bond movies were Hollywood’s most lucrative movie franchise, bringing in a total of $5 billion. That figure was recently eclipsed by the Harry Potter movies, which have made $5.4 billion. […]

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