Warner Bros. Edges Out Fox For 2010 Int'l Box Office Crown With $2.93 Billion

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Studio also tops domestic ranking, with Paramount coming in No. 2 with $1.71 billion, followed by Fox with $1.48 billion.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that it has narrowly won the 2010 international box-office crown, collecting $2.93 billion in grosses to $2.90 billion for Fox.

But many see it as a virtual tie, with less than $26 million in ticket sales separating the studios.

Warners said it set an all-time industry record in reaching $4.81 billion in worldwide ticket sales last year, besting its own record of $4.01 billion set in 2009. The studio's domestic haul was $1.88 billion, making Warners the 2010 market leader stateside as well.

The foreign race between Warners and Fox came down to the wire. It's the first time that any studio has reached $2.9 billion in international grosses, underscoring the ever-increasing importance of offshore business. Fox set the previous international record of $2.45 billion in 2009.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov said the "incredible" accomplishments of 2010 were "made possible through the global efforts of an exceptional group of people who collaborated to create, produce, market and distribute more than two dozen films this year."

Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warners, credited the studio's tentpole strategy combined with a remarkably diverse slate. The studio's president of international distribution is Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.

Final domestic numbers show Paramount coming in No. 2 with $1.71 billion in ticket sales, followed by Fox ($1.48 billion), Disney ($1.46 billion), Sony ($1.28 billion) and Universal ($885.2 million). Summit collected $518.8 million and Lionsgate raked in $516.9 million.

Overseas, the bounty was far richer for all the major studios. Disney came in No. 3 with a best-ever showing of $2.3 billion, folllowed by Paramount ($1.98 billion), Sony ($1.38 billion) and Universal ($1.2 billion.)

Figures are from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2010.

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