However, the film and television studio's profit was down 4.2% from the same period a year ago. Revenue was up 7.1% to $2.131 billion.
Sony Pictures, a unit of Tokyo-based
In January, the studio laid off an undisclosed number of people from its Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Technologies groups.
Sony said the studio's third quarter was helped by the performance of the films "Captain Phillips" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," both of which have grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
But those pictures' box-office success couldn't match the hit James Bond movie
Sony Pictures, based in Culver City, also benefited in the third quarter from increased home entertainment and video-on-demand revenue generated by the television show
Although Sony's film and television studio drew attention in Hollywood last year after releasing the high-profile flops "White House Down" and "After Earth" and drawing criticism from activist investor Daniel Loeb, the company's electronics business has long been imperiled.
On Wednesday, as part of its earnings release, Sony forecast a $1.1-billion annual loss and said it would cut 5,000 jobs. The company also said it will split its television unit into a separate entity and offload its personal computer business.