Every movie in the franchise, ranked by box office gross

The eight slices of Harry Potter The franchise is one of many fantasy genre films that offer a gripping plot and adventurous narrative as well as romance all in one go. It is a detailed adaptation of a fantasy series of children’s fiction written by British writer JK Rowling. Throughout the films, we see Harry discovering his past as a wizard and taking part in numerous expeditions to prevent Lord Voldemort from rising to full power. Each Harry Potter The film features one of the finest ensemble casts assembled in cinema, from Daniel Radcliffe’s performance of the titular hero to Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the beloved supporting portrayals of Hermione and Ron, respectively. Apart from them, many other legendary big names in the industry have joined in to make the franchise what it is, including Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort.

Although the franchise met its inevitable conclusion in 2011 with the release of its eighth film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2the smashing records prompted the filmmakers to push a five-film prequel franchise, fantastic beasts, Manufacturing. Recently, the third installment of Fantastic Beast: Dumbledore’s Secrets, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, was released. The story directly interprets the past of the greatest known wizard Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Although the fantastic beasts the franchise seems to have collapsed, for EOlet’s look at each Harry Potter movie, ranked by box office gross.


8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: $789.5 million

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban marks the third film in the franchise. Despite introducing high-profile characters like Sirius Black and Remus Lupin who shaped the series, the film missed the mark domestically and had the lowest box office gross. That said, the film skyrocketed in the overseas market. Still, it was synonymous with having a weak narrative compared to the hit animated film. Shrek 2 in the same year.

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seven Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – $875.2 million

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second film in the franchise, focusing on exploring Lord Voldemort’s origin. Although the film took a head start in putting the main antagonist in the spotlight, it still wasn’t enough to draw audiences to the theater. Indeed, it ended up being the lowest-rated on IMDb (7.4) in the franchise. And if that wasn’t enough, ThingsChamber of Secrets and Order of the Phoenix were the only two films in the saga to receive no Oscar nominations.

6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – $886.7 million

The fourth installment Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chronicling the Harry Potter odyssey, is by far the most entertaining piece in the movies and books. The film sets the new tone for the franchise by introducing Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort and a world outside of Hogwarts. The film became an instant hit worldwide, giving fierce competition to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Directed by Mike Newell, the film also won the Kid and Teen Choice Awards.

5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — $929.4 million

The sixth film, under the direction of David Yates, brought a new dynamic to the entire franchise by introducing the Horcruxes and their mysteries. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince also avoided being just a Hogwarts-centric franchise, opening the doors to the rest of the world. The film created a lot of buzz during the year and went against charts like Avatar ($2.8 billion gross worldwide), The Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886 million) and Twilight: New Moon ($836 million).

4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — $939.6 million

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth film in the franchise, exploring Harry’s grief over Cedric’s death in Goblet of Fire and his increased efforts to build an army against Voldemort. While the film saw its IMDb ratings drop to the second-lowest (7.5) in the franchise, the box office gross painted a different picture. Around the world, the film was neck and neck with Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($960 million). Domestically, the film failed to recreate the magic of Potter and fell behind titles like Spider-Man 3, Transformersand more.

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3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $952.6 million

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is adapted from the novel of the same name, but it splits the story into two films. The penultimate film revolves around the trio hunting Horcruxes and sets the stage for an even darker finale. Although the premise is built after six consecutive films in the franchise, the film lost the No. 1 spot to Toy Story 3 ($1.06 billion gross worldwide). Nationally, he ranked seventh behind Avatar, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Twilight, and Creation.

2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – $965 million

The Wizarding World intro film set the record straight as to its potential. Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone offered insight into Harry’s life, his newly discovered abilities, a magical school and his lifelong friends. With a promising plot, there was no turning back the magic of the movie. The gross box office has become concrete proof. The film ended up pushing another epic fantasy genre film –The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings ($891 million worldwide) – in second place.

1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $1.31 billion

The final film in the decade-spanning franchise finally ended with the appreciation it deserved. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the only film in the franchise to enter the hallowed club of $1 billion in box office receipts. Plus, the box office numbers speak volumes about its woven magic domestically and around the world; he dominated the picture, stepping over Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon ($1.1 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Fountain of Youth ($1.04 billion). Directed by Yates, the film ends Tom Riddle’s dark sorcery and sets up a happy ending for the characters, closing their chapters forever for audiences.

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