'Hallows' now third-highest grossing film ever

Continuing its record-setting spell at the global box office, Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” now stands as the highest grossing release of 2011 on a worldwide scale.

“Part 2” became today this year’s top grosser domestically with $344.8 million, surpassing “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which has grossed slightly more than $344 million. Internationally, “Part 2” has cumed $801.5 million. (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was the previous 2011 best overseas with $798.5 million).

In total, “Part 2” reached $1.146 billion globally — making it the third-highest grossing film ever after “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

“‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ can truly be called a global phenomenon,” said Warner Intl. prexy Veronika Kwan-Rubinek. “The filmmakers and cast, who dedicated their talents to the success of these films for over a decade, share in this piece of cinema history.”

Dan Fellman, prexy of Warner domestic distribution, added: “In a crowded and very competitive summer, it is a tribute to both the film and the people behind it that moviegoers are still turning out to enjoy it — whether for the first time or for a repeat viewing.”

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