‘Harry Potter’s’ final chapter set to cross $1 billion mark worldwide

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For the first time, a “Harry Potter” film is set to break into the $1 billion threshold — and it’s happening after the span of just two short weeks of international release.

By the end of the day Saturday, it is widely expected that the final chapter in the saga in going to become the ninth movie ever to cross this barrier worldwide — and it will be joining such esteemed projects as “The Dark Knight” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” from earlier this summer. By the end of its run, it is likely that “Potter” will manage to beat out “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” ($1.1 billion) for #3 on the all-time list worldwide.

As fantastic as this is, don’t expect the film to break any further records than that. A pair of James Cameron movies — in “Titanic” ($1.8 billion) and “Avatar” ($2.78 billion) — are so far high up the list that it is going to be near-impossible for “Potter” to beat them unless it manages to get a groundswell of support from multiple viewings. (“Potter” fans may be dedicated, but this is too tall of an order even for them.)

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