Harry Potter is on a roll. Not content with finally vanquishing He Who Shall Not Be Named in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, JK Rowling’s boy wizard yesterday also defeated Darth Vader, as the Potter movie franchise overtook Star Wars to become the most successful movie franchise of all time.
According to Box Office Mojo, by Wednesday the Potter series had grossed a total of $2.223 billion, beating out Star Wars‘ $2.218 billion. The two franchises are the only two movie series to have passed the $2 billion mark, although both Batman and James Bond would get there once adjusted for inflation (Although, considering the latter has had 22 movies to date, that’s not necessarily such an impressive feat for Britain’s most famous secret agent).
The final Potter is continuing to dominate the box office, becoming the fastest-grossing entry in the series, and having broken The Dark Knight‘s record for the highest four-day opening in cinema history.