Universal Pictures International (UPI) crossed $1bn on December 16, marking a successful launch year for the company and Universal's biggest annual overseas gross since 2001.

The top four titles for the year were The Bourne Ultimatum on $213m, Mr Bean's Holiday on $192m with Japan still to go in January 2008, Evan Almighty on $72.8m and The Holiday on $72.3m in 2007. The last film launched in 2006 and has amassed $141.6m in total.

Knocked Up took $70m, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry grossed $65m, Hot Fuzz grossed $56.8m and American Gangster stands at $53m with 36 territories still to go. Every title listed above is still in release except The Holiday.

Other notable films currently in the early stages of release are Atonement on $32.5m and Elizabeth: The Golden Age on $35m.

'This is an exceptional result for our first year as an operating entity,' UPI president David Kosse said. 'I am very proud of the tremendous effort made by our offices around the world, and by the ongoing cooperation we have enjoyed with our partners at UIP and Paramount as we maintain our joint endeavors in selected territories.

Universal Pictures has exceeded $1bn in both domestic and international box office in 2007 and recorded the second biggest worldwide box office ever for Universal Pictures for an increase of 23% over last year.

'This year is one that gives us tremendous pride, as we enjoy record-setting grosses around the world as well as critical accolades that include 20 Golden Globe nominations and special recognition at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this past fall,' Universal chairman Marc Shmuger and co-chairman David Linde said.