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(CNN) -- Warner Bros. swapped magic wands for pink heels.

"Barbie," the summer hit, is the highest-grossing world premiere in the studio's 100-year history, surpassing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Greta Gerwig's film topped the end of the Harry Potter saga by $767,505, according to Comscore projections.

Comscore estimated a worldwide total of $1,341,854,460 as of Monday for "Barbie."

On Monday, Warner Bros. said "Barbie" will surpass "Harry Potter" to become its highest-grossing film globally. However, it's not enough to make the list of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time, dominated by Disney franchises like Marvel's Avengers, Star Wars and Avatar.


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The highest-grossing film of all time is Avatar, which grossed $2.900 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. It was produced by 20th Century Fox and premiered in 2009. The Avatar franchise is now owned by Disney.

"Barbie" and the "Harry Potter" films are distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, owned by CNN's parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.

"When 'Barbie' was first announced, I don't think anyone could have predicted that it would become the global phenomenon it has been," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Comscore.

While "Harry Potter" had a longer road to success over the course of several films, Barbie's meteoric rise was "the perfect storm," Dergarabedian said, from a mix of cultural, cinematic and social media phenomena.

Dergarabedian said the film could have a ripple effect on the future of the industry.

"The implications going forward are that it can be very successful for Warner Bros. and, of course, Mattel," he said.

A blockbuster summer

Last week, "Barbie" surpassed "Super Mario Bros." as the highest-grossing film of the year. Barbieland only needed 34 days from its premiere to reach the record title.

"Barbie" started breaking records very early. In its opening weekend, it grossed $155 million, making it the biggest opening weekend of the year and the biggest debut by a female director. "Barbie" also became Warner Bros. Discovery's highest-grossing domestic release, surpassing "Batman: The Dark Knight" in 2008.

"Barbie" surpassed $1 billion in worldwide receipts just three weeks after its release; only about 000 films in history, adjusted for inflation, reached that figure, Dergarabedian said earlier. Gerwig became the first solo director with a billion-dollar film.

However, the film no longer commands the domestic box office. In late August, "Blue Beetle" — also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures — unseated "Barbie" from the top spot at the U.S. box office. However, its $25 million opening paled in comparison to that of "Barbie."

CNN's Jordan Valinsky and Eva Rothenberg contributed to this report.

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