The second highest calendar year in the company’s history delivered a mighty $2.714bn in aggregated grosses powered by Ice Age: Continental Drift’s $718.1m haul.
The international divisions of Warner Bros, Sony and Disney each crossed the $2bn mark and Universal and Paramount each soared over $1.5bn during the calendar year. Lionsgate International reported $1.251bn.
Fox International’s top performers included Titanic 3D on $291.9m, Prometheus on $277.6m, Life Of Pi on $224.6m and Fox/EuropaCorp’s Taken 2 on $164.3m. Both Alvin And The Chimpmunks: Chipwrecked and This Means War crossed $100m. Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi remains a potent force and by Sunday  the adventure stood at $301.9m.
Fox International’s biggest year was 2010 when it tied with Warner Bros Pictures International on $2.93bn. 2012 marked the third time in the last four years that Fox has ruled the roost outside North America.
Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) top brass projected $2.67bn for 2012 and expect to confirm the number later this week. The tally includes approximately $57m from Village Roadshow territories. This marks the fifth time the company has surpassed $2bn in box office after 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2004, and the 12th consecutive year it has passed $1bn.
Five titles crossed the $200m mark. The Dark Knight Rises [pictured] was the key driver on $635m and finished as Warner Bros’ fifth biggest film of all time, behind four of the Harry Potter films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took $464m in the calendar year, rising to $561m through Sunday.
Sherlock Holmes 2 grossed $259m in 2012 (rising to $359m including the 2011 portion), while Journey 2 achieved $230m, Wrath Of The Titans $221m and Dark Shadows $165m. J A Bayona’s The Impossible set records in Spain where a $53m run delivered the second biggest release of all time behind Avatar.
WBPI’s 2012 gross is the third highest in the company’s history. The biggest year was the aforementioned $2.93bn tie with Fox in 2010.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) reported a company-best $2.672bn for 2012, powered by the $626.6m box office for Skyfall [pictured]. By Sunday SPRI’s share of the James Bond hit stood at $637.3m while the overall running total stood at $726.4m including MGM markets.
SPRI released three films that grossed more than $440m. Behind Skyfall was The Amazing Spider-Man on $491.9m followed by Men In Black 3 on $445.8m. Hotel Transylvania reached $167.7m in 2012, Resident Evil: Retribution grossed $164.2m and Total Recall $139.8m. SPRI’s previous best company mark was $2.142bn set in 2009.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) films generated $2.089bn, making 2012 the third consecutive year the studio had crossed $2bn and its third best calendar year after the two previous years.
The top titles were The Avengers [pictured]– the biggest international release of 2012 on $892m – followed by Brave on $301m, John Carter on $208m, Wreck-It Ralph on $107m (rising to $132.7m as of Sunday) and War Horse on $95m.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) films amassed $1.792bn for a new company record alongside new North American and worldwide marks.
UPI’s aggregated haul climbed 42% against the 2011 figure. The company released three titles that grossed more than $200m and five that crossed $150m. Ted [pictured] earned $284.2m, followed by Snow White And The Huntsman on $245.5m, Battleship on $242.4m, American Reunion on $178.5m and The Bourne Legacy on $163.1m.
Paramount Pictures International (PPI) was able to maximise a slimmer slate compared to the company’s record-breaking 2011 ($3.198bn) and reported a $1.565bn calendar year.
Madagascar 3 [pictured] was the champion and one of the highest international earners of 2012 on $525.5m. Next was Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on $270.2m for the year (rising to $485.3m since it opened on December 2011), DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians on $166m and Puss In Boots on $136.8m, and The Dictator on $119.7m.
Lionsgate International reported a $1.251bn year and further details will appear on Screendaily in due course. The company merged with Summit International at the start of 2012 and the top performer was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 [pictured] on $524.7m and The Hunger Games on $284.8m.