The only thing keeping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 from being the biggest money maker in movie history is James Cameron.
Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic are one and two, respectively, on the all-time box office list. The brainchild of author J.K. Rowling is now knocking on the door to cinematic greatness as it has become the third most profitable movie in the history of film.
It is unlikely that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will ever surpass Titanic at number two, and Avatar at number one. Although it must be a thrill for Potter fans everywhere to see the film in such heady company. So, what film dropped from three to four? Why, it’s Peter Jackson’s final film in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
The final Harry Potter film also surpassed Transformers Dark of the Moon to become the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S. this week. The big question is when will the Potter money machine slow down because it is showing no signs as it continues to conquer the world.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has now clocked in with $1.14 billion in global revenue and will have a difficult time catching Titanic’s $1.8 billion. And it's certainly close to impossible that it will overtake Avatar’s $2.8 billion in global box office grosses. Although if one thing is for sure, never count out the feisty fight of Harry Potter. In order to overtake Titanic, the boy who lived needs to earn another $400 million before it’s done. Not impossible, but highly improbable.