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Harry Potter vs. James Bond

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 9:30 AM ET
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Wizards or spies? Voldemort or Ernst Stavro Blofeld? Besides their accents, what do Harry Potter and James Bond have to do with one another?

With the latest release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the young wizard's franchise is poised to surpass the Bond franchise in all time revenue.

Today's Wall Street Journal reported that the sixth Potter film made over $22 million in the US on its opening day, surpassing last year's record of $18.5 million for the Batman blockbuster, The Dark Knight. In an interview on CNBC, the Hollywood Reporter's Mimi Turner said that the Potter series is poised to overtake the $1.6 billion made over the 23 James Bond films.

Harry Potter and the Big Bucks
The latest Harry Potter film goes on general release in the UK Wednesday. Mimi Turner from The Hollywood Reporter told CNBC the installment could see the series become the biggest grossing movie franchise of all time.

Time Warner , parent of Warner Brothers, is up this morning and is close to crossing above its June highs.

Data from boxofficemojo.com shows that the first five Potter films have grossed over $1.4 billion. A good run from the Half-Blood Prince can easily put Harry over the top. If the movie succeeds, the next challenge up for Harry, Ron and Hermione would be Star Wars... "Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."

Here are the top 10 movie franchises of all time
(also see top grossing films of all time here):

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