Fox Int'l Is First Distributor to Hit $1 Billion Mark in 2011

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Film

The landmark was crossed Sunday as 3D animated film "Rio" continued to rack up strong business.

Twentieth Century Fox International is the first distributor this year to reach the $1 billion mark at the international box office. No one has reached $1 billion domestically.

Fox International crossed $1 billion in revenues on Sunday as 3D toon Rio continued to rack up strong business. The movie has cumed $292 million to date internationally, and should reach $300 million sometime this week.

It’s the third year in a row that Fox International has reached $1 billion mark first.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the Fox International team for once again reaching this milestone first. Achieving $1 billion in box office this early and with an extremely varied slate is a testament to the hard work and incredible talent of our people,” Fox International co-presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus said.

Other 2011 breadwinners for Fox International include Black Swan, which has earned $191 million overseas. It opens in Japan on May 14, and should ultimately cume more than $200 million internationally, and $300 million globally.

Gulliver’s Travels also has been a boon internationally, grossing $156 million this year for an international cume of $194 million. The family film, released in December, grossed only $42.8 million domestically.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is up next, earning $115 million this year for an international cume of $312.6 million. Love & Other Drugs has earned $56 million internationally.