Powered by the internationalsuccess of T3, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Boys II, Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) has passed$1bn in ticket sales for 2003.
This marks the second timeboth of Sony Pictures Entertainment's international and domestic distributiondivisions have passed the mark after domestic declared $1bn in sales lastmonth.
It is the third time CTFDIhas passed $1bn in the past four years and the fourth time it has done sooverall. Previous years were 1997, 2000 and 2002.
"As we demonstrated lastyear and, with North American ticket sales earlier this year, the collaborativeeffort of our production, marketing and distribution teams has again paid offon a global basis," vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Jeff Blakesaid in a statement.
"Amy Pascal and herentire team at Columbia Pictures, and Joe Roth and Revolution Studios havegiven us tremendous titles to launch worldwide."
CTFDI has a slate for 2004featuring Spider-Man 2, Big Fish, Peter Pan, Hellboy and 13 Going On 30.