Warners Passes $3 Billion At Global Box-Office

A combination of “Interstellar,” “Godzilla,” “The LEGO Movie” and the early earnings of the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy has helped push Warner Bros. Pictures past the $3 billion mark at the international box office in 2014. In fact, nine Warner Bros. releases in 2014 exceeded $100 million internationally.

This marks the second consecutive year that the studio has topped that mark and the seventh time it has exceeded $2 billion in foreign ticket sales. Foreign box office is one of the few bright spots for studios these days as it continues to grow whereas domestic revenues are down more than 5%.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” ($574M), “Godzilla” ($524M), “The LEGO Movie” ($468M) and “Interstellar” ($464M) were their biggest hits. Some films like “Edge of Tomorrow” ($369M), “300: Rise of An Empire” ($331M), “Annabelle” ($257M), “Into the Storm” ($159M), “Blended” ($126M), and “Transcendence” ($103M) were saved by overseas audiences who accounted for two-thirds (or more) of their ticket sales.

In contrast their weakest titles like “The Good Lie” ($2.6M), “Veronica Mars” ($3.5M), “This is Where I Leave You” ($38M), “Dolphin Tale 2” ($52M), “Jersey Boys” ($67M), “The Judge” ($75M), “If I Stay” ($78M), “Horrible Bosses 2” ($88M) and “Tammy” ($100M) saw overseas returns only a fraction of their domestic hauls.

Source: Variety