UIP has joinedthe $1bn club in the international market this year. Following TwentiethCentury Fox International, which achieved the mark in record time in mid-June,UIP crossed $1bn in international returns on July 21.
The result comes after two record-breaking years for the company, both of whichsurpassed $2bn in international grosses by the end of theyear.
So far this year's highlights for UIP have been Paramount's Mission: Impossible III, which has taken$240.7m to date, Universal's King Kong,
which continued to swing in the new year, and DreamWorks Animation's Over The Hedge, which is still running withseveral markets yet to open and has taken $108.2m so far.
"With Oliver Stone's World Trade Center,Alfonso Cuaron's ChildrenOf Men, DreamWorks/Aardman's Flushed Away and many other great movies still to be released thisyear, we are more than confident that 2006 will be another record-breaking yearfor UIP," said Stewart Till, the company's chairman and CEO.
At the end of this year Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios will set upindividual operations in major territories, while UIP will
continue to handle the films of both studios in smaller territories such asmuch of Eastern Europe.