Rango” helped Paramount become top studio of ’11

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Aided by such films as Gore Verbinski’s ani­mated Rango, Para­mount Pic­tures announced Mon­day that it ended 2011 in the No. 1 posi­tion among all studios.

Para­mount achieved the high­est total com­bined gross of any stu­dio for the year, earn­ing a record $5.17 bil­lion world­wide. The stu­dio, which released a total of 16 new releases domes­ti­cally this year, placed first in the North Amer­i­can mar­ket share with $1.96 bil­lion, while also amass­ing record grosses at the inter­na­tional box office with $3.21 billion.

This year, our stu­dio reached some key mile­stones, includ­ing the release of three vibrant Para­mount fran­chise pic­tures and our first orig­i­nal CGI ani­mated film,” said Para­mount Pic­tures chair­man and CEO Brad Grey. “Our first orig­i­nal ani­mated film, Rango, from direc­tor Gore Verbin­ski, earned rave reviews and more than $100 mil­lion at the domes­tic box office. We also ben­e­fited from our dis­tri­b­u­tion part­ner­ships with Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion and Mar­vel, and I want to thank them both.”

Rango has made $123.5 mil­lion at the North Amer­i­can box office. Other ani­mated titles were DWA’s Kung Fu Panda 2 ($165.2 mil­lion) and Puss In Boots ($145.8 mil­lion), and Steven Spielberg’s Tintin ($51.4 million).

This achieve­ment reflects the com­bined efforts of our entire team across the globe and the care­ful process by which we select the projects and part­ners we believe in,” said Grey.

Film pres­i­dent Adam Good­man and his team in pro­duc­tion and devel­op­ment, and vice-chairman Rob Moore and his team of mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­b­u­tion, did out­stand­ing work and truly deliv­ered. As we pre­pare to cel­e­brate Paramount’s 100th year in 2012, we are all grate­ful to be part of this won­der­ful insti­tu­tion as it con­tin­ues to prosper.”

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