Warner Bros. Pictures set to break own box-office records

MUMBAI: The Warner Bros. Pictures Group is set to break the all-time industry worldwide box-office record of $3.66 billion, set by it in 2007, for the year 2009 with a projected year-end gross of $3.99 billion in global receipts.

Warner Bros. Pictures domestic gross is projected at $2.13 billion, surpassing the industry record of $1.789 billion set by the studio in 2008. Warner Bros. Pictures International continues to perform extremely well at the global box-office with a projected $1.86 billion year-end gross. 2009 is the ninth consecutive billion-dollar-plus year for both the domestic and international film distribution arms.

"We‘re really proud of this achievement and it was only possible through the combined efforts of an incredibly talented group of people, including everyone involved with the creation, production, marketing and distribution of more than two dozen films worldwide over the last 12 months," said Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov.

"We have a great team leading our global efforts, including Sue Kroll, Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, and along with Barry Meyer and Alan Horn, I congratulate everyone involved in helping us attain this success and look forward to continuing our creative and commercial winning streak," Robinov added.

Highlights of the Warner Bros. Pictures Groups success in 2009 include:

Warner Bros. Pictures opened nine films in the #1 position at the U.S. box office in a single year-Gran Torino, Hes Just Not That Into You, Friday the 13th, Watchmen, 17 Again, The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Final Destination and Where the Wild Things Are.

Warner Bros Pictures had 12 weeks of #1 movies at the U.S. box-office, more than any other studio in 2009.
The Studio has had five films gross over $100 million domestically in 2009- Watchmen ($107 million),
Terminator Salvation ($125 million), The Hangover ($277 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($302 million) and The Blind Side ($185 million, still in release) and Sherlock Holmes is projected to cross the $100 million mark.

The Studio has also had five films gross over $100 million internationally in 2009-Yes Man ($132 million), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($205 million), Gran Torino ($121 million), The Hangover ($190 million and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($632 million).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the highest-grossing worldwide film of 2009 with $934 million in worldwide box-office receipts. It‘s also the second-highest domestic-grossing Harry Potter movie at $302 million and the third-highest-grossing internationally with more than $632 million at the overseas box office.

The Hangover earned more than $277 million domestically, making it the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. The film is also the highest-grossing R-rated U.S. comedy overseas of all time at $190 million.

The Blind Side spent its third week in release at the #1 spot at the U.S. box-office and has grossed $185 million domestically to date and continues to play at 2766 locations throughout the holidays.

Gran Torino marked the biggest opening weekend ever for a Clint Eastwood film and his highest-grossing film ever domestically and worldwide. The film grossed $148 million domestically and $121 million overseas.

Friday the 13th had the largest four-day opening of all time for a horror film.
Among the Studios 2010 releases are Valentines Day (from New Line Cinema), starring Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez and Queen Latifah; Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes; Sex and the City 2 (also from New Line), the sequel to the 2008 box-office hit; Christopher Nolans Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio; and Harry Potter and the Death.

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