Los Angeles, CA -- Twentieth Century Fox International has plenty to celebrate this weekend: the overseas distributor is not only the first distributor this year to reach $2 billion in box office receipts, but also the only studio in motion picture history to pass that milestone in a given calendar year six individual times ('98, '06, '09, '10, '11, '12), and the first one to do so for four consecutive years ('09 - '12). A wide variety of films helped to propel Fox International to this tremendous box office success.
The most recent Fox hit is ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT. With an overseas box office cume of $665 million, ICE AGE 4 has already toppled Toy Story 3 as the second biggest animated film of all time internationally, behind the top grossing animated film ICE AGE 3. In addition, ICE AGE 4 is now the 10# highest grossing film of all-time at the International box office, surpassing HARRY POTTER 1 this weekend. Just last weekend, the ICE AGE franchise crossed $2 billion in box office receipts to become the top animated franchise of all time overseas. And finally, ICE AGE 4 became the industry's biggest animated film of all time in Latin America, where it was also Fox's biggest movie ever and the industry's second highest (behind The Avengers). Italy will be the final market to release ICE AGE 4 on September 28th.
Another summer blockbuster is Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS with an overseas cume of $215.5 million. The 3D action thriller just opened in Japan this past weekend, earning a massive $9.6m and topping THE AVENGERS for the #1 MPA film in the market. Venezuela opens on August 31st, and China will release on September 2nd, followed by Italy on September 14th.
Fox International's stellar box office results spanned from outer space to the open sea; James Cameron's 3D release of his groundbreaking and uniquely powerful TITANIC earned a massive $287 million. The debut marked the industry's biggest opening weekend ever in China with $67 million, where the re-release went on to earn $146 million.
Other films which contributed to Fox's $2 billion bounty overseas include ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS 3 (although it released in 2011, it made $136 million in 2012 alone); THIS MEANS WAR ($102 million); Searchlight's THE DESCENDANTS ($95 million) and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL ($88 million); CHRONICLE ($63 million); and the 3D release of STAR WARS: EPISODE I ($60 million). In addition, the debut of Fox International Productions' STEFAN VS. KRAMER in Chile was the industry's biggest opening weekend ever in that market, even outperforming Fox's ICE AGE 4. Still in release, the film is the highest grossing Chilean film in history, the Industry's biggest 2D film ever in the market and the Industry's 3rd biggest film ever in terms of admissions.
"We have once again proven that with our strong product and incredible group of execs, we are the best in the business," commented co-presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus. "We are so proud of our team, both here and around the world, for achieving this unprecedented result."
Fox International has a full slate through the end of the year which should keep its coffers full: the action thriller TAKEN 2, in which Liam Neeson reprises his popular role from the original box office hit; Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated LINCOLN, starring Daniel Day Lewis; PARENTAL GUIDANCE, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler; and Ang Lee's spectacular 3D epic LIFE OF PI.
Twentieth Century Fox International is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a segment of Fox Entertainment Group.
Santa Monica, CA -- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONESopposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.