Unsurprisingly, Paramount has announced that it topped the global box office last year with a whopping $5.17 billion taken in worldwide. According to the official press release: “The studio, which released a total of 16 new releases domestically this year, placed first in the North American market share with $1.96 billion, while also amassing record grosses at the international box office with $3.21 billion”. A nice little present as Paramount celebrates its 100th year in the business called show.
This should come as no shock when one looks back at the titles that Paramount released last year (with domestic totals in brackets): Gore Verbinski’s Rango ($123.5 mil), Marvel Studio’s Thor ($181 mil), DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 ($165.2 mil), JJ Abrams Super 8 ($127 mil), Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($352.4 mil), Marvel Studio’s Captain America: The First Avenger ($176.7 mil), Paranormal Activity 3 ($104 mil), DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots ($145.8 mil), Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ($142.8 mil) and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin ($51.4 mil) to name but a few.
2012 shows no signs of slowing down for Paramount, even with the loss of the lucrative Marvel Studios franchises, which will see Disney release The Avengers in April/May around the world. Paramount highlight the following for 2012:
In 2012, Paramount’s release slate highlights include World War Z, a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the Paranormal Activity franchise, and The Dictator, starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind Borat.