Warners, Disney and Universal all had their best years ever in terms of worldwide box-office revenue.
Warner Bros. Pictures has taken the top position in market share for the year, nabbing $5.04 billion in global ticket sales ($1.9B domestic, $3.14B foreign). That marks only the second time a Hollywood studio has passed $5 billion, the previous being Paramount in 2011. It was helped by three of its nineteen films earning over $600 million each – “Man of Steel,” “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.
Coming in second was Disney Pictures which got there with almost half as many films – ten in total which yielded $4.73 billion ($1.72B domestic, $3.01B foreign). Most of the success is due to its two Marvel films (“Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World”) and two animated films (“Monsters University,” “Frozen”).
Universal was third with $4.04 billion ($1.9B domestic, $3.14B foreign). Almost half that total was due to the success of “Despicable Me 2” and “Fast and Furious 6”.
Fox remained fairly stable in fourth with a global revenue haul of $3.40 billion. The biggest hits were “The Croods” ($587.2 billion), “The Wolverine” ($414.8 million) and “A Good Day to Die Hard” ($304.7 million).
Sony fell from first last year to fifth this year with $3.01 billion ($1.14B domestic, $1.91B global), which is down over a billion from last year due to numerous high-profile disappointments.
Lionsgate/Summit came in sixth with $2.32 billion, helped mostly by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ($797.5 million) and sleeper hit “Now You See Me” ($351.7 million).
Paramount was seventh overall, though stayed fairly stable with $2.47 billion. Its big hits included “World War Z” ($540 million), “Star Trek: Into Darkness” ($467.4 million) and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” ($375.7 million).