Magazine article Screen International

WBPI Surges to First $3Bn Int'l BO

Magazine article Screen International

WBPI Surges to First $3Bn Int'l BO

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) is on course for an unprecedented $3bn-plus in annual grosses while combined 2013 box office from the US studios is expected to cross $15bn.

WBPI is expected to confirm later this week a number in the region of $3.14bn for the calendar year and is locked in a battle with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International for the annual box office crown after executives from that studio said they had crossed $3bn for the year.

Warner Bros Pictures International's previous best result was $2.93bn set in 2010. The studio enjoyed success in 2013 with four releases that took more than $300m, led by The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, the dominant film of the holiday season on $424.8m and counting.

Gravity remains in play and has grossed $398.7m, while Man Of Steel amassed $371.8m, Pacific Rim $305.8m, The Great Gatsby $204m, The Conjuring $179. …

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