Universal Pictures says hits record box office in 2008

Fri Jan 2, 2009 12:51pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Universal Pictures on Friday said it hit a record global box office tally of $2.834 billion in 2008, thanks to films like "The Incredible Hulk", "Wanted" and "Mamma Mia!"

The unit of General Electric Co's NBC Universal, said its domestic box-office tally of $1.12 billion outpaced its previous 2007 record of $1.099 billion, while its international box-office surged 66 percent to $1.714 billion from $1.034 billion in 2007.

Universal said it released four films that grossed more than $100 million domestically, including "The Incredible Hulk", "Wanted", "Mamma Mia!" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor".

Three comedies, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", "Baby Mama" and "Role Models" were also profitable, grossing more than $60 million apiece, the studio said.

"Mamma Mia!" was the studio's biggest earner of 2008, both earning $144 million domestically and $428.5 million internationally,

(Reporting by Sue Zeidler, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

<p>Normal business hours resume the day after a fire at Universal Studios in Los Angeles June 2, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>