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'Harry Potter' finale conjures up $1B billion worldwide

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are seen in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.' (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

August 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" became the first in the series to cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

It's soon expected to pass "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which is this year's top grossing movie at $1.03 billion.

With $21.9 million domestically this weekend, "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" climbed to a domestic total of $318.5 million. That tops the franchise's previous best of $317.6 million for "Sorcerer's Stone."

But factoring in higher admission prices, "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has not caught up to "Sorcerer's Stone" in terms of tickets sold.

James Cameron's 2009 film "Avatar" holds the record for the biggest worldwide box office haul, grossing $2.8 billion. "Avatar" is followed by another Cameron film, "Titanic," which brought in $1.8 billion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.