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Abroad, Sony tops $1 billion

A Times staff writer

Propelled by “Spider-Man 2" and fairly solid business for smaller films such as “50 First Dates,” Sony Pictures Entertainment over the weekend became the third studio this year to cross the $1-billion mark overseas. Sony surpassed the domestic milestone last month, for a worldwide total gross to date of $2.043 billion.

It was the fifth time in company history that Sony hit $1 billion at the international box office, and the fourth on the domestic side, Vice Chairman Jeff Blake said.

Among studios this year, only Sony has topped $1 billion domestically, but Disney, whose movies have fared better abroad this year, passed $1 billion overseas in August. Warner Bros. crossed that threshold in June.

Preliminary results (in millions) based on studio projections.

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*--* Movie 3-day ETD Total gross Shark Tale $31.7 $87.7

Friday Night Lights 20.6 20.6

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Ladder 49 13.3 41.2

Taxi 12.1 12.7

The Forgotten 7.5 48.6

Raise Your Voice 4.6 4.6

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Sky Captain and the 2.3 33.9 World of Tomorrow

Shaun of the Dead 1.6 9.3

The Motorcycle Diaries 1.4 3.2

Resident Evil: 1.3 49.0 Apocalypse 1.3 49.0

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Source: Nielsen EDI Inc.

Los Angeles Times


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