June 17, 2008 / 12:04 AM / in 9 years

Paramount overseas box office passes $1 billion

<p>A scene from the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." REUTERS/David James/Handout</p>

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures International, which releases movies outside North America, said on Monday it has topped the $1 billion mark at overseas box offices behind hit films including “Iron Man” and the latest “Indiana Jones” saga.

Paramount, which is owned by media giant Viacom Inc, said it surpassed $1 billion on Saturday, six weeks faster than in 2007 when the company ended the year with a total $1.6 billion at international box offices.

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the latest installment of adventure archeology from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, grossed more than $350 million internationally in just two weeks, the company said.

Likewise, “Iron Man” has taken in $210 million in markets served by Paramount Pictures International, and animated “Kung Fu Panda” has been another recent success for the division.

Reuters/Nielsen

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