‘Ice’ helps Fox bank $1 bil

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Fox Intl. has become the first studio to top $1 billion in foreign box office grosses this year — the second year in a row Fox achieved the distinction.

Fox crossed the mark Friday, with 58% of revenues coming from two sequels — “Ice Age: The Meltdown” with $441 million and “X-Men: The Last Stand” with $160 million.

Other contributors include “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” with $35 million; “Walk the Line” at $65 million; “Big Momma’s House 2,” $64 million; “The Pink Panther,” $76 million; “The Family Stone,” $32 million; “Date Movie,” $30 million; “The Hills Have Eyes,” $16 million; Brazilian entry “Se eu fosse voce,” $13 million; and “The Omen,” $31 million.

Fox’s remaining 2006 films include “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties,” “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Fountain,” “A Good Year,” “Eragon” and “A Night at the Museum.”

In all of 2005, Warner Bros. easily won the title as the top foreign grosser, with $1.89 billion, beating out Fox’s $1.6 billion, which came from “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Fantastic Four” and “Robots.”

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