Analysis Of The Sorcerer's Stone

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The year 2001 was a big year for films, especially animated and book adaptations. With the critically acclaimed animated films like Shrek and Monsters Inc., that each made over $250 million worldwide (IMDb, 2001). Along with animated movies, the two top grossing films in 2001 were based off two separate, and very popular, book series, that already had huge following before they had even gone into production. The second highest grossing movie in 2001 was the first of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which brought back Token’s back to life and into the lime light again, grossed a whopping $313,364,114 (IMDb, 2001) while being played in over 3,381 theaters. Though Lord of the Rings was a …show more content…
Rowling, published in 1997. The Sorcerer’s Stone first introduces the character of Harry Potter and explains how he is a wizard and his acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After going off to school Harry begins to learn of his parents past and the evil Lord Voldemort that terrorized the wizarding world. In the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry has to face challenges like battling a troll, facing off with a giant three headed dog, and surviving a life or death games of ‘wizard’s chess’ all while making friends and a new home for himself. Soon after the release of the first book the series took off and began to grow a huge following, among teenagers and adults alike. Before the book was released, people at Warner Brothers Studios and Heyday Films had heard about the first Harry Potter book in article that explained that it was going to be first of a series of books and at the time they had been looking for their next big franchise, but it took a little while for Warner Brothers and Hayday to get on board (Gilbey, 2011). After a while the people at Warner Brothers finally read the proof copy, and after some thinking, they decided to get the ball rolling on getting the first book made into a movie. After meeting and talking with many different directors, including Steven Spielberg, they decided to go with Chris Columbus, because of his success with the Home Alone films. …show more content…
It was first released in the UK and the US on over four thousand screens and was already close to meeting the amount of its estimated budget. The movie ran from its November release date all the way until the middle of May, and it didn’t drop below the $100 thousand marker until the beginning of May (IMDb, 2016). During the time of its release the top movies at the cinemas was Monsters, Inc. and Shallow Hal, two movies that had been released in the previous weeks. Harry Potter made more than triple the amount those movies made that weekend. It wasn’t until after four weeks of being the number one movie at the box office that Warner Brothers other film, Ocean’s Eleven, bumped it down to the number two spot (IMDb, 2016). From the success of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone we can tell that the Harry Potter franchise was off to a great start and that it already had a huge following behind it. In the end and the Sorcerer’s Stone ended up being a box office hit, making it the top grossing movie in 2001 and making almost a $200 million profit (IMDb,

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