Warner Bros. Pictures Crosses Historic Billion-Dollar Mark at Domestic Box Office
On Monday, August 4, Warner Bros. Pictures became the only film studio in history to earn more than $1 billion at the domestic box office for 14 years in a row. In fact, the division has crossed the billion-dollar mark for 15 of The Past 16 years. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures' President of Domestic Distribution.
The studio passed the billion-dollar threshold thanks to a huge first quarter, featuring the box office success of New Line Cinema's and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the second in Peter Jackson's Trilogy, which opened in late 2013 but which enjoyed substantial returns in the first quarter of this year. 2014 continued to build with Warner Bros. Pictures', Village Roadshow Pictures' and LEGO System A/S's blockbuster animated feature "The LEGO Movie"-which was the #1 movie for the first half of 2014-and "300: Rise of an Empire," the heavy-hitting follow up to Zack Snyder's groundbreaking "300," from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Summer started with a bang thanks to the monster hit "Godzilla," from Warner Bros. and Legendary, IMAX's largest opening this year, followed by Doug Liman's action thriller from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and one-of-a-kind comedy from Melissa McCarthy as New Line's "Tammy."