Buena Vista International (BVI) grossed $1.307bn in 2000, marking it out as the top performing international distribution company of the year. Buena Vista was also the number one performing distributor in North America with a total of $1.1bn for the year.
It is the sixth consecutive year that BVI has crossed the $1bn barrier and the fifth time in the last seven years that BVI has won the market share crown, according to a statement by BVI president Mark Zoradi. The total comes just short of the record $1.32bn achieved by the division in 1999.
The films which cracked it for BVI included Toy Story 2 which took $210m in international territories including $70m from the UK alone. Toy Story 2's international total is $238.6m taking into account revenues from the last part of 1999.
Another animated title Dinosaur came second with more than $180m to date in international territories including $42m from Latin America alone. The film is still playing throughout Europe.
Third was Gone In 60 Seconds from producer Jerry Bruckheimer which has grossed $129.3m to date. Fourth was The Sixth Sense, which took $111.8m in the calendar year 2000 to add to its $124.4m gross from 1999. Top territories for the blockbuster this year were France with $40.4m and Spain with $26.2m. The film has grossed a total of $236m from BVI-distributed territories. Spyglass Entertainment distributed the film through independent partners in other major territories such as Germany and Japan.
Another holdover from 1999 was Tarzan, which grossed $56.2m in the calendar year. With an international total of a stunning $277.6m, the ape man is the third biggest animated performer in international box office history after The Lion King and Aladdin.
BVI's 2001 slate includes three new animated pictures - The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis and Monsters Inc. Also in the pipeline are Remember The Titans, Unbreakable, 102 Dalmatians and World War II epic Pearl Harbor.