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Warner Bros. Pictures Group To Set Industry Box Office Records


Projected $3.99 Billion Worldwide Sets Industry Record

Projected $2.13 Billion at Domestic Box Office Sets Studio and Industry Record, Ninth Consecutive Billion-Dollar-Plus Year Domestically

Projected $1.86 Billion Internationally Marks Ninth Consecutive Billion-Dollar-Plus Year Overseas

Burbank, CA - The Warner Bros. Pictures Group is projected to break the all-time industry worldwide box office record of $3.66 billion (set by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2007) for the 2009 reporting year, 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 Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “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.”

Highlights of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s 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,” “He’s 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”—more than any other studio this year.

• 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 Studio’s 2010 releases are “Valentine’s 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 Nolan’s “Inception,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio; and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.”


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