Warner Bros. eclipsed the mark yesterday for a 14th year in a row — the first studio to be able to say that, it says. Helping the cause were top 2014 releases The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Godzilla, Edge Of Tomorrow and Tammy, the latter of which doesn’t seem to fit with the other tentpoles on the slate, but its domestic cume is $81.5M. Among the titles still to come in 2014: Into The Storm, which opens this week, The Good Lie, The Judge, Horrible Bosses 2, Inherent Vice and the final Hobbit pic The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
20th Century Fox was the first studio to pass the $1B milestone this year, back on July 13. If that gross total sounds familiar it’s because Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction just crossed $1B in global box office over the weekend, the first film of 2014 to do so.