Warner Bros. Breaks Records To Top International And Domestic Box Office In 2010

Voldemort may not be on Harry Potter’s Christmas card list, but Warner Bros. is sure digging the evil wizard. The $902 million worldwide take of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” helped WB claim both the worldwide and domestic box office crowns for 2010, the studio announced today.

Warner Bros. tallied an unheard of $4.81 billion in worldwide grosses in 2010 to set a new industry record, decimating its own benchmark of $4.01 billion set in 2009. On the home front, Warners handily beat all comers with $1.88 billion. Paramount Pictures was the domestic runner-up with $1.71 billion in ticket sales, followed by Fox with $1.48 billion, Disney with $1.46 billion, Sony with $1.28 billion, Universal with $885.2 million, Summit with $518.8 million and Lionsgate with $516.9 million.

On the global stage, however, things weren’t as cut and dry. Fox gave Warner Bros. a run for its money with $2.9 billion in ticket sales at the foreign B.O., while Warner Bros.’ barely edged the studio out with a list-topping $2.93 billion. No studio had ever before reached $2.9 billion in international ticket sales for a given calendar year, so the fact that two studios eclipsed the mark is quite impressive.

“We’re elated to reach these incredible numbers internationally,” Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President, Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures International, said in a statement. “This achievement is a testament to the company’s strategy to make event films with global appeal, and it would not have been possible without the hard work and innovative thinking from our outstanding marketing and distribution teams around the world.”

Globally, Disney nabbed the #3 spot with $2.3 billion, Paramount was third with $1.98 billion, Sony took fourth place with $1.38 billion and Universal rounded out the top five with $1.2 billion.

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