By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Crosses $1 Billion Box Office Milestone After China Rerelease
You’re in the billion-dollar club, Harry.
Two decades after it was released in theaters, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” has surpassed $1 billion at the global box office. The first chapter in the magical series about everyone’s favorite boy wizard hit the milestone thanks to a 3D and Imax rerelease in China.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” landed the top spot on box office charts in China last weekend, amassing $13.6 million from 16,000 screens.
The movie has generated $1.001 billion to date, making it the second installment in the eight-film franchise to cross the billion-dollar mark. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the final chapter in the saga, made $1.34 billion worldwide in 2011. In total, the series has grossed $7.74 billion at the box office.
“We are thrilled to see ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ delight a new generation of audiences,” said Andrew Cripps, Warner Bros. Pictures’ head of international distribution.