Movie Studios Break Records Overseas

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood's six major studios say they broke
overseas box office records in 2008, with an estimated $9.9 billion
in tickets sold.

That's a 4 percent increase from a year earlier, The Hollywood
Reporter said Friday.

Each of the six majors - Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal,
20th Century Fox, Sony and Disney - collected more than $1 billion
for the second year running.

How much each collected depends on whether films were
co-financed, how international rights deals were cut and how much
went to theater owners.

Paramount Pictures led the pack with international releases
grossing $2 billion, up 28 percent, while Warner Bros.' movies
grossed $1.8 billion.

Universal grossed $1.7 billion, up 66 percent from a year ago.

Universal Pictures is owned by NBC Universal, a unit of General
Electric Co.; Sony Pictures is a unit of Sony Corp.; Paramount
Pictures is a unit of Viacom Inc.; Disney's parent is The Walt
Disney Co.; 20th Century Fox is owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros.
is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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