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'Harry Potter' Films - Box Office, Budgets, and Release Dates

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The popularity of the Harry Potter films based on the bestselling novels by J.K. Rowling hasn't faded one bit over the course of the franchise. For those Muggles into facts and figures, here are the estimated budgets, opening weekend box office figures, storylines, and release dates for the eight films of the Harry Potter series.

1. 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: Harry Potter's aunt, uncle, and cousin want nothing to do with Harry, and he's so miserable living at his relatives' house that he's taken to living under the stairs. But on his 11th birthday all that changes. Harry finds out that his parents were powerful wizards and he in fact has special powers all his own. Invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, Harry finally finds a place where he can fit in.

Estimated Budget: $125 million
Filming Dates: September 2000 - March 23, 2001
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Release Date: November 16, 2001
Opening Weekend Box Office: $90.3 million

2. 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
© Warner Bros. Pictures
The Plot: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

Estimated Budget: $120 million
Filming Dates: November 2001 - June 2002
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Release Date: November 15, 2002
Opening Weekend Box Office: $88 million

3. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
© Warner Bros. Pictures
The Plot: Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione return as teenagers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.

Estimated Budget: $130 million
Filming Dates: February 2003 - August 2003
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Release Date: June 4, 2004
Opening Weekend Box Office: $93 million

4. 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: The fourth book of the series finds Harry Potter excited about attending the Quidditch World Cup, dreaming of being a part of the Triwizard Tournament, and falling in love for the first time.

Estimated Budget: $130 - 150 million
Filming Dates: June 2004 - March 2005
Directed By: Mike Newell
Release Date: November 18, 2005
Opening Weekend Box Office: $102 million

5. 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned.

Estimated Budget: $150 million
Filming Dates: February 2006 - December 2006
Directed By: David Yates
Release Date: July 11, 2007
Opening Weekend Box Office: $77 million

6. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Estimated Budget: $250 million
Filming Dates: September 2007 - April 2008
Directed By: David Yates
Release Date: July 15, 2009
Opening Weekend Box Office: $77 million

7. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Estimated Budget: $250 million
Filming Dates: February 2009 - June 2010
Directed By: David Yates
Release Date: November 19, 2010
Opening Weekend Box Office: $125 million (franchise record)

8. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
© Warner Bros Pictures
The Plot: In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Estimated Budget: $250 million
Filming Dates: February 2009 - April 2010
Directed By: David Yates
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Opening Weekend Box Office: $169 million

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