20th Century Fox Becomes First Distributor To Pass $2 Billion Worldwide In 2012
on August 26, 2012
Los Angeles, CA -- Twentieth Century Fox International has plenty to celebrate this weekend: the overseas distributor is not only the first distributor this year to reach $2 billion in box office receipts, but also the only studio in motion picture history to pass that milestone in a given calendar year six individual times ('98, '06, '09, '10, '11, '12), and the first one to do so for four consecutive years ('09 - '12). A wide variety of films helped to propel Fox International to this tremendous box office success.
The most recent Fox hit is ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT. With an overseas box office cume of $665 million, ICE AGE 4 has already toppled Toy Story 3 as the second biggest animated film of all time internationally, behind the top grossing animated film ICE AGE 3. In addition, ICE AGE 4 is now the 10# highest grossing film of all-time at the International box office, surpassing HARRY POTTER 1 this weekend. Just last weekend, the ICE AGE franchise crossed $2 billion in box office receipts to become the top animated franchise of all time overseas. And finally, ICE AGE 4 became the industry's biggest animated film of all time in Latin America, where it was also Fox's biggest movie ever and the industry's second highest (behind The Avengers). Italy will be the final market to release ICE AGE 4 on September 28th.
Another summer blockbuster is Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS with an overseas cume of $215.5 million. The 3D action thriller just opened in Japan this past weekend, earning a massive $9.6m and topping THE AVENGERS for the #1 MPA film in the market. Venezuela opens on August 31st, and China will release on September 2nd, followed by Italy on September 14th.
Fox International's stellar box office results spanned from outer space to the open sea; James Cameron's 3D release of his groundbreaking and uniquely powerful TITANIC earned a massive $287 million. The debut marked the industry's biggest opening weekend ever in China with $67 million, where the re-release went on to earn $146 million.
Other films which contributed to Fox's $2 billion bounty overseas include ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS 3 (although it released in 2011, it made $136 million in 2012 alone); THIS MEANS WAR ($102 million); Searchlight's THE DESCENDANTS ($95 million) and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL ($88 million); CHRONICLE ($63 million); and the 3D release of STAR WARS: EPISODE I ($60 million). In addition, the debut of Fox International Productions' STEFAN VS. KRAMER in Chile was the industry's biggest opening weekend ever in that market, even outperforming Fox's ICE AGE 4. Still in release, the film is the highest grossing Chilean film in history, the Industry's biggest 2D film ever in the market and the Industry's 3rd biggest film ever in terms of admissions.
"We have once again proven that with our strong product and incredible group of execs, we are the best in the business," commented co-presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus. "We are so proud of our team, both here and around the world, for achieving this unprecedented result."
Fox International has a full slate through the end of the year which should keep its coffers full: the action thriller TAKEN 2, in which Liam Neeson reprises his popular role from the original box office hit; Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated LINCOLN, starring Daniel Day Lewis; PARENTAL GUIDANCE, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler; and Ang Lee's spectacular 3D epic LIFE OF PI.
Twentieth Century Fox International is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a segment of Fox Entertainment Group.