Universal Pictures has reported that 2007 marked a box office high for the studio with a global take of $2.133bn, consisting of a best ever $1.099bn domestic gross and $1.034bn in international markets.

The studio also said it had scored best-ever financial returns from its domestic home entertainment and international television operations, making 2007 the studio's 'most profitable year of all time,' according to a statement.

The statement was issued by Marc Shmuger and David Linde, Universal Pictures' chairman and co-chairman respectively.

'2007 was a real turnaround year for Universal,' stated Shmuger and Linde. 'Our studio ended this year at a level of success that exceeds even what we had imagined. What's especially fulfilling is this record didn't result from one or two home runs that saved the bottom line, but from a diversity of successes, and that's emblematic of how Universal works.'

In the domestic market, the leaders were Knocked Up, Evan Almighty, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, The Bourne Ultimatum and American Gangster which all exceeded $100m at the box office. The biggest domestic hit of the year for Universal was The Bourne Ultimatum with $227.5m

2007 marked the first year of operation for Universal Pictures International which scored the studio's biggest year since 2001. Bourne also led the way with $213m to date, and UPI's success was fuelled by international hits like Mr Bean's Holiday on $192m, Hot Fuzz on $56.8m and The Holiday, which Universal co-financed with SPE, on $72.3m.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment posted results of $2.7bn in consumer spend in the US alone led by the success of The Bourne Ultimatum and Knocked Up.

The studio's tentpole 2008 releases include franchise entries The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor directed by Rob Cohen and Hellboy II: The Golden Army directed by Guillermo Del Toro, a new version of The Incredible Hulk from Marvel Studios, George Clooney's comedy Leatherheads, Timur Bekmambetov's action thriller Wanted, the film of hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! and Clint Eastwood's thriller Changeling starring Angelina Jolie.