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Harry Potter: Every Movie in the Franchise, Ranked by Box Office Gross



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ron, Hermione, and Harry

The eight installments of the Harry Potter franchise is among many fantasy-genre films that deliver a gripping plotline and adventurous narrative along with romance in one go. They are a detailed adaptation of a children’s fiction fantasy series authored by British writer J.K. Rowling. Throughout the films, we see Harry discover his wizarding background and going on many expeditions to stop Lord Voldemort from rising again in full power. Each Harry Potter movie features one of the best ensemble casts put together in cinema, from Daniel Radcliffe’s performance of the titular hero to Emma Watson and Rupert Grint’s beloved supporting portrayals of Hermione and Ron, respectively. Apart from them, many other senior fabled names from the industry joined to make the franchise what it is, including Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort.

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Though the franchise met its inevitable conclusion in 2011 with the release of its eighth film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the smashing records prompted the filmmakers to push a five-film prequel franchise, Fantastic Beasts, into production. Recently, the third installment of Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, was released. The story directly interprets the past of the greatest known wizard Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Though the Fantastic Beasts franchise seems to have fizzled, per EW, let’s look at each Harry Potter movie, ranked by box office gross.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban marks the third film in the franchise. Despite introducing some prominent characters like Sirius Black and Remus Lupin that shaped the series, the movie missed the mark domestically and garnered the lowest box office gross. That said, the film soared in the overseas market. Still, it was synonymous with having a weak narrative when compared to the chart-busting animated movie Shrek 2 in the same year.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second film in the franchise, focusing on exploring the origin of Lord Voldemort. Though the movie took a step ahead in putting the prime antagonist in the spotlight, it still was not adequate to draw the audience to the theater. Indeed, it ended up being the lowest-rated on IMDb (7.4) in the franchise. And if that was not enough, per The Things, Chamber of Secrets and Order of Phoenix were the only two movies in the saga that did not receive any Oscar nominations.

The fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chronicling the Harry Potter odyssey, by far, is the most entertaining piece both in the movies and the books. The movie sets the new tone for the franchise by introducing Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort and a world outside Hogwarts. The film became an instant hit worldwide, giving stiff competition to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Helmed by Mike Newell, the film also bagged Kid and Teen Choice Awards.