With the help of its superheroes, Warner Bros. Pictures has achieved a major box office milestone in 2017.
For only the second time in the studio’s history, Warner Bros Pictures has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office in a single year. It is also the eighth time in the last nine years that Warner Bros. has earned more than $4 billion in a single year, which is an industry record.
Warner Bros. Pictures also set a new studio record in 2017 with five feature films earning more than $500 million worldwide: Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, It, and Justice League.
Three additional releases also crossed the $250 million mark at the global box office: The Lego Batman Movie, Annabelle: Creation, and Blade Runner 2049.
“We are thrilled to reach this extraordinary benchmark as we come to the end of an amazing, record-setting year,” Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures said in a statement. "Surpassing five billion dollars in a single year can only happen with an incredible level of hard work across all theatrical divisions, as well as the invaluable contributions of the many talented filmmakers and actors with whom we are so fortunate to collaborate. Congratulations to everyone who shares in this success.”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ success in 2017 comes despite a disappointing domestic box office for Justice League. Released in mid-November, the film has still yet to crack $200 million, making it the lowest-earning DC Extended Universe movie to date. However, the film has become the highest-grossing DC Comics film ever in China.
Wonder Woman was a huge success for Warner Bros. Pictures when it released in June. The film set new box office records and put director Patty Jenkins into consideration for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year’ honor.
Justice League is now playing in theaters. The film will be followed in the DC Extended Universe by Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.