Amid an onslaught of year-end box-office records, Warner Bros. announced Monday an all-time studio record for global theatrical revenue, with a year-end projected total of $4 billion in 2009 receipts.
Warner also set a record for domestic revenue this year with $2.1 billion.
The studio had 12 weekends this year during which its movies finished No. 1. It also saw five films finish above the $100 million mark domestically, including “Watchmen ($107 million), “Terminator Salvation” ($125 million), “The Hangover” ($277 million), “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” ($302 million) and “The Blind Side” ($185 million, still in release). “Sherlock Holmes,” which grossed $65.4 million over the weekend, is also projected to cross the $100 million mark.
The announcement comes one day after “Sherlock Holmes” helped drive the domestic box-office to its biggest three-day weekend ever, with receipts totaling more than $263 million.
For the year, the overall domestic box office is also a record-setter, eclipsing $10 billion last week for the first time in history.