SPE crosses $1 billion mark for the third successive year

MUMBAI: Led bySpiderman 2 Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has crossed the $1 billion mark overseas for the third year in a row.

The company had earlier surpassed a billion dollars in the US box office last month for the fourth time in company history. So far this year, the company has generated more than $2.043 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Only two other studios -- Disney and Warner Bros -- have ever recorded three consecutive billion dollar years both domestically and overseas.

Since January 2002, Sony Pictures claims to have delivered 22 number one films in the US. The closest competitor Warner Bros. released 14 number one movies during that time frame.


The earlier mentioned Spider-Man 2 grossed $775 million worldwide to date, more than $400 million of that overseas.

The other hits included 50 First Dates , Secret Window, Hellboy, 13 Going on 30, White Chicks and The Forgotten . 

It is banking on the upcoming Mike Nichols film Closer with Julia Roberts and another Adam Sandler release Spanglish to further pull in the moolah.

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