MUMBAI: The overseas box-office grosses of Universal
Pictures International (UPI) has crossed passed the
$1 billion mark on the strength of such recent movies
as Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman.
feat is the fastest that Universal's international distribution
arm has hit that mark besting its previous record of
16 August 2008, when it was handling films including
Mamma Mia! and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
the international audience growing, UPI is the fifth
distributor to collect $1 billion in foreign grosses
this year. While Disney and Warner Bros. hit that mark
in May, Fox hit it in June and Sony in July.
Films from the UPI stable that have contributed to its
foreign haul include Safe House(grossed $77.5 million
to date overseas; Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ($99.7 million);
American Reunion ($177.4 million); Battleship ($238
million) and Snow White and the Huntsman ($220 million).
has five more films to release this year. The thriller
sequel The Bourne Legacy; the comedy Pitch Perfect,
action-thriller The Man With the Iron Fists, the musical
adaptation Les Miserables and the Judd Apatow comedy
This Is 40.