I’ve recently heard a claim that the Twilight series was a more successful franchise than Harry Potter. Now, as someone who firmly believes that these two series are INcomparable, I thought I should address this with some hard facts.
Let’s start off with some simple comparisons.
- Harry Potter book series sold more than 400 million copies of all 7 installments and the three “text book” shorts she wrote for charity.
- The Twilight series sold around 42 million with all four installments.
(True, there are more Harry Potters, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows alone sold more than 72 million copies, which already tops the entire Twilight collection. )
- The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film is the fifth spot on the All-Time Worldwide Box Office List with almost $1 billion in ticket sales. Phoenix takes seventh place, and the rest of the movies all place higher than 25th place.
- Twilight is at place 139 with almost $352 million after Alvin and the Chipmunks with $358 million.
(Just a special note all for myself: Titanic, in case you didn’t believe me that it was the best movie ever, is at the top of the list after 12 years with an unbeatable $1.8 billion. Closest thing to it is Return of the King with $1.1 billion.)
- In addition to merchandise and movies, etc., the Harry Potter franchise has spawned
- It’s own genre of music, Wizard Rock. (There are dozens of fantastic websites to look up for more information on Wizard Rock, this is just one of the first hits on Google search.)
- It’s own sport, Intercollegiate Muggle Quidditch. (Link to pictures of the tournament I participated in on my homepage.
- Twilight has done… well… the merchandise.
I would not have originally done a post like this, because I found it to be somewhat obvious, but I guess some people are a bit confused. I just wanted to make sure that the good Harry Potter name would not be besmirched by the silly and poorly written vampire love saga.