CULVER CITY, Calif., November 18, 2012 – This weekend, Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, became the best-performing film of all time in the longest-running film franchise in motion picture history, with a global cume of $669.2 million and passing the $599.2 million worldwide total taken in by Casino Royale in 2006. The box office success of Skyfall has helped to push Sony Pictures Entertainment to its biggest year ever at the global box office, surpassing $4 billion worldwide for the first time in its history and besting the studio's previous high $3.585 billion, set in 2009. The announcement was made today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.
The studio's slate of hits this year, in addition to Skyfall, included The Amazing Spider-Man™ (appx $754 million worldwide), Men in Black™ 3 (appx $624 million worldwide), and Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania (over $283 million worldwide). The studio also had strong performers in Resident Evil: Retribution, Underworld: Awakening, and 21 Jump Street. In total, the studio is ranked #1 in North American market share, had nine #1 films at the domestic box office, and a slate that as of today totals $1.628 billion domestically and $2.4 billion overseas. The international box office figure is also a record for the studio.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has one more film on its release calendar, Zero Dark Thirty, from the Oscar®-winning team behind The Hurt Locker, director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal. Zero Dark Thirty will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 19.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, "Exceeding $4 billion globally is a true rarity in this industry and it's an extraordinary accomplishment for all of us at Sony Pictures. From The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall to 21 Jump Street, Resident Evil, The Vow and Hotel Transylvania, we couldn't be more proud of the way our films have performed all over the world."
Skyfall is from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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