‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Officially Hits a $1 Billion Box Office
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has officially reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, thanks to a rerelease in China.
The film returned to screens in China as a 4K 3D restoration as businesses began reopening in the wake of lockdowns.
According to reports, Sorcerer’s Stone, which first hit theaters in 2001, now boasts an estimated $1,001,260,000 lifetime gross, making it the second Harry Potter movie to cross that mark — after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.
“We are thrilled to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone delight a new generation of audiences,” Andrew Cripps, Warner Bros. Pictures’ head of international distribution, said in a statement. “The popularity of the film with moviegoers in China, who are discovering it for the first time, proves that the appeal of these stories is truly timeless and universal.”
Christopher Nolan’s Inception has also been playing in Chinese theaters to help draw audiences back to the big screen.
Theaters in the United States are attempting a similar strategy, but the plans have been moving slowly. AMC Theatres plans its first phase of reopening on Thursday with 15-cent movie tickets for one day only across select locations.
Films like Black Panther, Ghostbusters, Grease, Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, Bloodshot, and Sonic the Hedgehog will make comebacks to theaters as well.
We shall see if America can repeat China’s dollars!