Harry Potter Films Hit a New Milestone

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This just goes to show how popular and loved the Wizarding World is.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in 2001, almost 20 years ago. It was re-released in theaters and hit the $1 billion mark at the worldwide 2020 box office. The film initially brought in $978 million in worldwide ticket sales. This means that Sorcerer’s Stone is officially the second Harry Potter movie to surpass the $1 billion, behind The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The latter film that closed out the franchise made $1.34 billion back in 2011.

Sorcerer’s Stone was re-released in a 4K 3D restoration by Warner Bros. The movie comes out during a time when countries across the globe are slowly returning to normal after months of crisis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a milestone for the magical series not only because it was the first film to bring J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to life, but it became part of a bigger franchise, including the various theme parks, a Broadway play, and more.

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Coronavirus has caused various industries to suffer and many businesses to shut down, one of them being movie theaters. It was recently announced that theaters would be allowed to open back up under strict health and safety and social distancing guidelines.

Select AMC theaters in the U.S. have already reopened their doors, with the major theater chain planning to slowly reopen more of its location in the future. As Hollywood is playing catch up due to months of no movie releases, production companies have allowed certain re-releases of films.

Life at the movies is certainly not back to how it was just yet, but many are eager to get back into the dark hall with popcorn and a soda in hand to settle in and enjoy a good show.

Other films to join the box office include Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, scheduled for release in North America on September 3, and Disney and Marvel’s The New Mutants, which is scheduled to open on August 28.

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