Just like last year, Paramount Pictures is again the first studio to pass the $1 Billion mark in domestic ticket sales, and over half of that is due to two films, Star Trek, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Paramount has released a statement about the event, which cites both films as well as acknowledging how they will play into the future of the studio.
Grey cites Trek and Transformers
As of Thursday, Paramount had $1.08 Billion in domestic sales, giving it 19.5% of 2009’s market share, and $310M of that is from Transformers 2 with another $250.7M from Star Trek. Another way to look at it is that 10% of domestic sales for 2009 (so far) can be attributed to the two movies written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
In a press release regarding the $1Billion milestone, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey stated:
This year has been marked by two great events for our studio: the rebooting of the Star Trek franchise under J J Abrams and the immense performance of Michael Bay’s Transformers sequel. These tentpoles performed wonderfully for us this year and we are excited for what they mean for our business in the years ahead.
Like other recent comments from Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman, this shows how Star Trek is once again one of the key assets of Paramount and the sequel is seen as an important part of the future.
Warner Brothers, with a Harry Potter film opening next week, is Paramount’s biggest competition for the top spot of 2009. The studios have traded off the number one and number two spots for the last couple of years.
Star Trek is headed into its 10th weekend at the box office domestically and is still in 763 theaters, which isn’t bad for a film that far out. Terminator 4, which came out two weeks after Trek, is only in 221 theaters.
Fox leads internationally
However, in another sign that Star Trek still has work to do overseas, Fox is the first studio to pass the $1 Billion mark in international sales for 2009, buoyed by Ice Age 3, Wolverine and Night at the Museum 2. Paramount trails Fox’s overseas sales by around $50M.