“Rango” helped Paramount become top studio of ’11

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Rango

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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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