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Brad Pitt & Paramount get the last laugh as 'World War Z' cracks $500 mn

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MUMBAI: Paramount Pictures reports that World War Z had passed the $500 million worldwide gross mark,

surpassing Troy's $497.3 million to become Brad Pitt's highest grossing film ever. One could argue that WWZ

received the benefit of a higher ticket price particularly because of its 3D numbers. But considering how badly

maligned this film was in the weeks before it bowed, hitting the half billion dollar plateau seems something to

brag about, even for a movie that cost in the $220 million range.

According to Paramount (which co-financed with Skydance), WWZ has set several records for Pitt, whose Plan B

produced. It set a personal best with a $66 million opening on 21 June, and a total of $197.4 million in US, both

of which exceeded Mr. & Mrs. Smith's total domestic gross of $186.3 million and $50.3 million opening

weekend. The film has earned $305.2 million at the international box office, to date.

This pales in comparison to the numbers put up by Johnny Depp and his Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the

Caribbean franchises, but Pitt has done a lot of cool movies that were never meant to be blockbusters, and this

was his most mainstream film since Troy and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Passing the half billion dollar mark begs the

question of whether Pitt returns for an encore.

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