Warner Bros. Pictures has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office for the second time in its history, the studio announced Tuesday.
It is also the eighth time in the last nine years that Warner Bros. has earned more than $4 billion in a single year, marking an industry record, according to Sue Kroll, the studio’s president of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.
She said five Warner Bros. feature film releases have each take in more than $500 million worldwide this year, another studio record, beginning with Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island” (with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures), starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly; and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
Also reaching that mark were Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” with an ensemble cast including Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy; New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT”; and, most recently, Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, which has taken in more than $574 million so far.
Three more releases crossed the $250 million worldwide box office mark: the animated feature “The LEGO Batman Movie” (with LEGO System A/S); New Line’s horror thriller “Annabelle: Creation”; and Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner 2049” (with Sony Pictures).
“We are thrilled to reach this extraordinary benchmark as we come to the end of an amazing, record-setting year,” Kroll said. “Surpassing five billion dollars in a single year can only happen with an incredible level of hard work across all theatrical divisions, as well as the invaluable contributions of the many talented filmmakers and actors with whom we are so fortunate to collaborate. Congratulations to everyone who shares in this success.”
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