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'Harry Potter' passes 'Star Wars' to become the highest grossing franchise of all time

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Thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’s phenomenal box-office start, the Harry Potter franchise officially became the top-grossing franchise in domestic box office history on Wednesday.

The magical finale has already grossed $214.9 million in six days, pushing the cumulative total for all eight Potter films to a truly impressive $2.223 billion. That figure just edges out the cume for the Star Wars franchise, which earned $2.217 billion from its releases. Currently, these are the only two film franchises to surpass $2 billion at the box office.

But before everyone in the comments starts screaming, “INFLATION!” let’s clear up any ambiguity. Star Wars remains the most attended franchise in domestic box office history, as it has sold over twice as many tickets as Harry Potter. I’m talking about dollars here. Still, that shouldn’t take anything away from Potter’s box office achievements – the wizard has proven a true box office star over the past decade, and $2.223 billion is a pretty unbelievable figure.

The next two franchises on pace to cross the $2 billion mark? James Bond ($1.6 billion) and Batman ($1.5 billion).

Follow Grady on Twitter: @BoxOfficeJunkie

Originally posted July 21 2011 — 3:42 PM EDT

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