Magazine article Screen International

Summer Box Office Tops $5.92Bn

Magazine article Screen International

Summer Box Office Tops $5.92Bn

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EXCLUSIVE: The aggregated gross of Hollywood's summer exports has surpassed the freshly minted $4.7bn record North American session by at least 21%.

Data compiled by Screen International reveals that films distributed through the international pipelines of Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Sony, Fox and Paramount plus Lionsgate's network of international licensees generated approximately $5.923bn from the May 1-Sept 2 period.

The number dwarfs Hollywood's domestic summer and is likely to be considerably higher factoring in unreported big titles licensed by the leading US sales agents.

While not exact in its calculation due to the provision of estimates at time of writing, the fact that many titles remain active and the ongoing reality of inconsistent reporting from select territories, the picture that follows illustrates the might of the international arena.

As previously reported here, consistently strong performances across the board and in particular in the new giants China and Russia have saved studio executive's blushes in cases where domestic box office faltered. Pacific Rim, After Earth and The Smurfs 2 flopped in North America, yet their corresponding international results have been impressive.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International finished the summer top of the class on approximately $1.438bn and boasts the biggest release of the year-to-date with Iron Man 3 on $805.7m.

Universal Pictures International (UPI) and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 (the biggest animation of the year so far and Universal's most profitable film of all time on $805m and counting worldwide) and UPI's Fast & Furious 6 ranked as the second and third biggest films of the year-to-date.

Warner Bros Pictures International generated $1.264bn, followed by UPI on $1.217bn and Sony Pictures Releasing International on $624.5m.

Fox International's summer slate produced $597.8m, while Paramount Pictures International reported $586.5m mostly from two hits and Lionsgate International reported that its two films combined for $253.3m.

China is unquestionably the headline grabber and generated the two biggest single results from any territory this summer on $120.6m from Iron Man 3 and $108.6m from Pacific Rim.

Russia delivered rewards throughout the season as did an emerging tier of Latin American markets. …

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