[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK
Potter takes film franchise crown
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Harry Potter series is due two further outings
The Harry Potter film series has become the biggest in box office history, beating James Bond and Star Wars.

The five movies have taken $4.47bn (2.2bn) around the world, surpassing the $4.44bn (2.19bn) made by the spy franchise's 22 outings to date.

The six Star War films now sit in third place, with takings of $4.23bn (2bn).

There are still two Harry Potter films to be released next year and in 2010, based on the final instalments of the popular books by author JK Rowling.

'Unparalleled mark'

The latest film, The Order of the Phoenix, remains a box office draw in a dozen countries, and has taken over $920m (454m) around the world.

The film entered the UK box office chart at number one in July, taking six times as much as its nearest rival in just three days.

Each of the first five films is in the top 20 worldwide cinema releases of all time.

Warner Bros' domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said: "It is a thrill to see the Harry Potter franchise reach this unparalleled mark.

"With two movies yet to come, it is amazing to think what heights the franchise could reach by the end of the decade," he added.

Earlier this year, Casino Royale, the latest Bond film and the first to star Daniel Craig became one of the top 10 UK box office hits of all time.

But the film was outstripped by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was the second biggest film behind Titanic.

Potter's Phoenix remains on top
24 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Harry Potter leads UK film chart
17 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Bond enters UK box office elite
24 Apr 07 |  Entertainment
Casino tops Bonds at box office
27 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
The Star Wars saga at a glance
19 May 05 |  Entertainment


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific