Warner Bros top brass confirmed the studio’s 2013 number one ranking on January 3 as worldwide grosses reached a company record $5.035bn.
International box office for the calendar year registered a company record $3.014bn as reported first on Screendaily, while North America generated $1.89bn.
This marks only the second time a studio has crossed $5bn globally and the fifth consecutive year Warner Bros has crossed $4bn — a new industry record.
In another unprecedented Hollywood achievement, Warner Bros has breached the $1bn barrier internationally and in North America for 13 years in a row.
Ten films grossed more than $100m in the international arena led by The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on $450m (it currently stands at $483.4m), Gravity on $408m and counting, Man Of Steel on $377m and Pacific Rim on $310m.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took $253m of its $716m in 2013, while Hangover Part III grossed $250m, The Great Gatsby $207m, The Conjuring $181m, Jack The Giant Slayer $136m and We’re The Millers $120m.
This was the sixth time the studio exceeded $2bn in international receipts.
“This incredible achievement is a testament to not only the consistent quality of film-making at our studio, but also the creativity and hard work of our teams here and around the world,” president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said. “They continue to reach for greater possibilities in a growing and changing international marketplace.”
Turning to local-language releases, Warner Bros reported