ENTERTAINMENT MAKES COMPANY HISTORY, CROSSING THE $1 BILLION MARK IN
BOTH NORTH AMERICAN AND OVERSEAS TICKET SALES FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN
City, October, 10, 2004) Sony Pictures Entertainment made company
history Saturday by crossing the $1 billion mark internationally for
the third year in a row, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Vice
Chairman of SPE and President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution
for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.
This is the fifth
time Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International has crossed the
billion dollar box office milestone, previously hitting the mark in
1997, 2000, 2002, and 2003. The company surpassed a billion dollars
in domestic box office last month for the fourth time in company history.
So far in 2004, the company has generated more than $2.043 billion in
worldwide ticket sales.
Only two other studios
Disney and Warner Bros -- have ever recorded three consecutive
billion dollar years both domestically and overseas.
"We are extremely
proud to be one of only three studios to ever reach this box office
pinnacle," said Blake. "Our continued success is a tremendous
testament to the quality and diversity of the films released by Columbia
Pictures, Revolution Studios and Screen Gems throughout the entire year.
They have been delivering terrific films that audiences worldwide are
excited about and are enjoying."
Since January, 2002,
Sony Pictures Releasing has delivered 22 #1 films domestically
more than any other studio. The closest competitor (Warner Bros.) has
released 14 #1 movies during that time frame.
has delivered more #1 films over the past few years and I couldn't be
more proud of the creativity and talent in our worldwide marketing and
distribution team. We have the best marketing and sales divisions in
the business and the best part of this box office news is that it's
only October. We still have another quarter of the year to continue
In 2002, Sony Pictures
achieved a record shattering $1.573 billion domestically, a box office
fete which still stands as an all-time domestic record. That year, the
company generated $2.878 billion worldwide. In 2003, Sony ended the
year domestically with $1.207 billion and overseas with $1.039 billion.
This year, Sony
broke through the $1 billion domestic barrier earlier than last year
thanks in large part to Spider-Man®2, which has grossed $775 million
worldwide to date, more than $400 million of that overseas.
2 opened #1 in the United States and posted #1 openings in each of the
70 markets where it debuted internationally.
Other Columbia titles
contributing to the box office success this year include springs hits,
50 First Dates and Secret Window, a quartet of strong Revolution Studios
performers Hellboy, 13 Going on 30, White Chicks and The Forgotten and
Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Apocalypse and You Got Served.
Also contributing to the bounty were holdovers from 2003 including,
Something's Gotta Give, Big Fish and Revolution Studios' Mona Lisa Smile
and such international releases as Gothika and Peter Pan.
Pictures ranks #1 in market share for 2004 among all studios, and expects
to add to its 2004 total with such upcoming releases as the horror thriller
The Grudge (October 22) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the Revolution
Studios family comedy Christmas With the Kranks (November 24) starring
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, Mike Nichols comedy/drama Closer (December
3) starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law, and James L. Brooks' comedy/drama
Spanglish (December 17) starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni.
Sony's 2005 slate
includes such highly anticipated films as director Nora Ephron's Bewitched
starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell; Memoirs of a Geisha, directed
by Rob Marshall; Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey and Tea
Leoni; All The King's Men, starring Sean Penn, Jude Law and Meryl Streep;
Hitch, a romantic comedy starring Will Smith and Kevin James; Guess
Who, starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher; Rob Cohen's summer action
adventure tentpole Stealth; Legend of Zorro, starring Catherine Zeta
Jones and Antonio Banderas; XXX: State of the Union, starring Ice Cube;
Roman Polanski's adaptation of Oliver Twist; and a feature film adaptation
of the hit Broadway musical Rent, directed by Chris Columbus.