Disney scores at overseas box office

Sept. 1, 2004 at 1:31 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Co.'s worldwide film distribution unit has passed $1 billion in grosses for the 10th consecutive year, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday.

Buena Vista International reached the milestone earlier this year than it had in any previous year, the paper reported.

Disney, which has slumped a bit at the U.S. box office in 2004, said BVI posted strong overseas numbers with "Brother Bear," "King Arthur" and "Haunted Mansion" -- all of which did better business globally than they did domestically.

Warner Bros. International, the worldwide distribution arm of Warner Bros., had already topped $1 billion in June. The company has posted $1.7 billion in overseas grosses so far this year, with strong returns for "Troy," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "The Last Samurai."

According to the box-office tracking firm Nielsen EDI, no studio has yet topped $1 billion domestically for 2004 -- the first time since 2001 that Hollywood ended the summer without a studio reaching the milestone. The U.S. box office has collected nearly $6.4 billion so far in 2004 -- slightly more than it had taken in at this point in 2003.

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