United InternationalPictures (UIP) has proven that international audiences are there to be found in2005 having broken through the $2bn international box office mark last weekend.
With the mega-studio'spotentially biggest film of the year, KingKong, still to come UIP is already (as of December 11) tracking 4% ahead ofits 2004 numbers - which were a record $2.08bn at the close of the year.
UIP is the firstinternational distributor ever to cross $2bn in consecutive years and though
King Kongis the icing on the cake to what has been an excellent year for UIP. StevenSpielberg's War Of TheWorlds became the biggest
DreamWorks Animation alsodelivered a hit this year with
Meet The Fockers got the distribution major off to a massive start atthe top of the year with a $234m gross, but strong support was scatteredthrough the year with The Ring 2($81m), The Interpreter ($77m) and$50m plus titles The SpongeBobSquarePants Movie, Lemony Snicket'sA Series Of Unfortunate Events and
"It has been a spectacularyear," said UIP chairman and CEO Stewart Till.
The UK has been especiallystrong with UIP handling five of the territories top ten of the year (and
"Purely from our point ofview the
"With our very strongline-up in 2006, our ambition is to make it three [years] in a row," saysCripps.
The 2006 line-up will getgoing in January with the first international launches on January 5 of StevenSpielberg's
The big live action summerrelease will come, once again, from Tom Cruise with the third in the