With the year-end numbers now tallied, Fox Filmed Entertainment reached an industry-high $3,559,521,971 in worldwide box office for 2006. This is the biggest worldwide box office gross for any slate of pictures in the history of the movie business.
The milestone was a combined result of strong contributions from all of Fox's existing production divisions, which delivered a diverse slate of pictures from tentpole films like Ice Age: The Meltdown and X-Men: The Last Stand to The Devil Wears Prada to the cutting-edge comedy of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the modestly-budgeted comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine.
Among the milestones in this historic achievement, the studio surpassed $2 billion in international receipts for the second time.
The studio began its banner year with Ice Age: The Meltdown reaching over $644 million in worldwide ticket sales -- topping all other animated features released in 2006.
X-Men: The Last Stand, the final chapter in the studio's phenomenally successful X-Men trilogy, attained a worldwide box office of $456 million. Only a few weeks later, the modestly-budgeted The Devil Wears Prada became one of the year's biggest sleeper/counter-programming smashes, garnering a global take of over $319 million.
In the fall came one of the year's most subversive -- and wildly successful -- pictures: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Critics and audiences around the world embraced star-creator Sacha Baron Cohen's film, which so far has taken in over $240 million in worldwide box office, earned two Golden Globe® nominations, and appeared on 75 critics' top-ten lists.
Little Miss Sunshine, still in release throughout the world, has grossed over $60 Million domestically, garnered two Golden Globe® nominations and a host of other awards, and appeared on numerous critics ten-best lists.
FFE finished the year with two big hits: Eragon, which has grossed over $170 million worldwide so far and Night at the Museum, which has grossed over $127 million in domestic box-office. The Ben Stiller comedy has opened in only a few international territories, but has already amassed an impressive $60 million in these early engagements.