Harry Potter 1 has just broken a magical barrier – 20 years after it was first published

“Harry Potter 1” has just broken a magical barrier – 20 years after it was first published

A hugely successful film series began in 2001 with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” – and now this film has actually made more than a billion dollars worldwide. Thanks to China.

If they can open at all, cinemas have to rely on re-screenings these days, as there is a lack of blockbusters due to the many postponements. With the approximately 20 year old “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, a lot of money was made again – at least in China, the second largest cinema market in the world after the USA (although the USA is currently largely out of the cinema market).

China is booming

“Harry Potter 1” grossed 13.6 million US dollars in China last weekend, which not only topped the charts before new releases like “Bad Boys 3”, but now has total revenues of over one billion dollars.

This makes “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” the second film in the series to break the billion mark, alongside the (even more successful) finale “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (1.34 billion US -Dollar).

This makes “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” the second film in the series to break the billion mark, alongside the (even more successful) finale “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (1.34 billion US -Dollar).

The Chinese 3D and IMAX rerun of “Harry Potter 1” should have paid off for Studio Warner – especially since many Chinese are only now discovering the film and are accordingly eager to watch the sequels Rainier land. “Harry Potter 1” and most of the other films were already shown in Chinese cinemas, but just before China was a cinema market of today’s size.

For Hollywood, China has become the most important foreign market. This dependency also influences the content of the films – for example, with the first “Avengers” consideration was given to incorporating a Chinese character (which did not happen in this case, but in other cases it did):

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