(FROM VARIETY) — Buoyed by huge returns for international blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 300, Spider Man 3, and Ratatouille, overseas box office hit a new high of $9.34 billion in 2007, a 9 percent rise from last year’s record take. With one weekend left before the start of 2008, the third installment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was the top foreign earner on the calendar, bringing in $651.6 mil in territories outside the U.S. and Canada; the fifth part of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter series came in a close second, with $646.5 mil. For the first time ever, all six of Hollywood’s major studios crossed the billion-dollar mark internationally, with Warner Bros. (a division of EW.com parent company Time Warner) taking top honors with $2.15 billion in receipts. And it appears as if the studio’s I Am Legend will close out the year a big winner; Will Smith’s action thriller led the overseas box office last weekend, banking a strong $26.2 mil from 15 foreign countries. (Variety)
Posted January 1 2008 — 12:00 AM EST
- Andrew Garfield compares making 'Spider-Man' movies to 'canning Coke'
- 'Under the Dome' will end this season
- Maisie Williams accepts Guinness World Record on behalf of 'Game of Thrones'
- 'Gotham' sneak peek: Barbara and Jerome cross paths in Arkham
- Uber offering free 'Mad Max: Fury Road'-themed rides in Seattle
- How the faith-based drama 'War Room' became a sleeper hit
- 'The Unauthorized O.C. Musical': Ranking the musical numbers
- VMAs 2015 Red Carpet: See All the Looks!
- 16 TV characters who stuck around longer than expected
- Behind Lady Gaga's killer look in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' First Look: 11 EW exclusive photos
- 17 photos of people you forgot hung out at the VMAs
- Reese Witherspoon, Aziz Ansari, Brooks & Julianne and More!