Sony Pictures Releasing International has crossed $1bn at the box office, marking the seventh time in the last nine years it has achieved the feat.

The company reached the milestone on August 27 fuelled by the $351m performance by Angels And Demons and strong support from Terminator Salvation on $220m.

The Will Smith drama Seven Pounds was another influential factor here, grossing $99.3m overseas in 2009. Since the millennium the company has grossed $11.4bn, averaging more than $1bn per year.

Heading into autumn, studio chiefs noted promising early results from District 9 and The Ugly Truth, while anticipation surrounds the upcoming launches of Julie & Julia, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, the Michael Jackson concert film This Is It, Zombieland, and Roland Emmerich’s 2012.