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WIRE Buzz: First Harry Potter passes $1B at box office; Harley Quinn still waiting on S3 renewal; Fandango trivia

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Aug 18, 2020, 2:01 PM EDT

Almost 20 years and a global pandemic later, and the original Harry Potter film has crossed the $1B mark at the box office.

Thanks to a re-release in China, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has become the second film in the J.K. Rowling franchise to hit the milestone, according to Deadline. The 2001 Chris Columbus-helmed film was filling theaters during the coronavirus-caused drought of new movies, meaning that its remastered 4K 3D version helped push it over the mark over the weekend. Now it sits at a box-office take of $1,001,260,000.

“We are thrilled to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone delight a new generation of audiences,” said Andrew Cripps, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros Pictures. “The popularity of the film with moviegoers in China, who are discovering it for the first time, proves that the appeal of these stories is truly timeless and universal.”

This re-release plan is just one of the many back-catalog films that Warner Bros. and other studios could be bringing to China in the future. Harry Potter just happened to be one of the first to be welcomed as the COVID-19 response slowly opens the world back up.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the franchise finale and the other film in the series that’s passed the $1B global mark, is still Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing film ever, at $1,341,932,398.

Next, Harley Quinn, the animated and irreverent take on Batman’s most psychologically trained villain, has turned out to be an R-rated fan favorite since its first season dropped an F-bomb on fans back in 2019. Its second season was just as warmly received, but amidst the massive shuffle at DC, there’s been no solid news yet of its future. Now one of its staff members has explained what’s going on.

Writing on Twitter, Harley Quinn writer/producer Dean Lorey said that the fate of the show is in HBO Max’s hands now.

Take a look:

“We'd love to make one! We're still waiting to hear something from HBOmax,” Lorey wrote. “It was so much fun to work on (Bane!) and we have a lot more story to tell. Harley is one of the best experiences I've had making a show and I bet Justin and Pat would say the same.”

Now, those fans looking to attend the DC FanDome on Saturday may notice that there is a Harley Quinn panel planned for the convention. A Season 3 renewal would be exactly the kind of news the show might reveal there — especially since the second season finished its run on June 26. Here's hoping.

Harley Quinn can be seen on HBO Max.

Finally, in celebration of Mortal Kombat’s 25th anniversary, Fandango is looking back into the wide world of live-action ‘90s video game adaptations.

It’s a rich vein, as nostalgic fans know (just don’t mention Super Mario Bros.), so the five-minute trivia video should be a soothing walk down memory lane ... and a reminder to go rewatch Street Fighter.

Check it out:

God, they even mention Wing Commander. Remember Wing Commander?

Those looking for even more throwback video game films can look forward to director Simon McQuoid’s reboot of the Mortal Kombat film franchise when it launches into theaters on January 15, 2021.