Warner Bros. Home Entertainment struck a deal with Lego Systems in March to continue making games based on the Danish building block franchise through 2016. One look at Warner Bros. parent company Time Warner's most recent earnings report and the deal continues to appear to be a fruitful one.
Reporting on its second quarter financial performance today, Time Warner said that Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 has now shipped more than 2.7 million units worldwide. Developed by TT Games--which Warner Bros. bought in 2007--received a solid critical reception following its June 29 release for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC.
Lego Harry Potter's success follows on from a continued strong performance by Lego Batman. Though it scored substantially lower with critics than Harry Potter, it has gone on to sell more than 7 million units since its 2008 bow, the company said.
The performance of the Lego games contributed to substantial growth for Time Warner's Filmed Entertainment division, of which the game group is a part. Revenues during the April-June quarter grew 8 percent to $2.5 billion, a performance that was led by Clash of the Titans and Sex and the City 2. Operating income for the business unit declined 2 percent to $173 million.
As for what's next from TT Games and the Lego universe, the studio is expected to release Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars next year.