Well, we certainly didn't see this coming!
Although there were those who doubted that Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z would be a hit, many expected the film to be a box office success, especially considering it starred one of Hollywood's biggest draws, Brad Pitt. But who knew it would be one of the biggest films of Pitt's career?
Deadline is sharing that Paramount Pictures has reported that WORLD WAR Z had passed the $500 million worldwide gross mark, surpassing TROY’s $497.3 million to become Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film ever. Some could argue that WWZ received the benefit of a higher ticket price particularly because of its 3D numbers, but considering how badly maligned this film was in the weeks before it bowed, hitting the half billion dollar plateau seems something to brag about, even for a movie that cost in the $220 million range.
According to Paramount (which co-financed with Skydance), WORLD WAR Z has set several records for Pitt, whose Plan B produced. It set a personal best with a $66 million opening on June 21, and a total $197.4 million in the U.S., both of which exceeded MR & MRS. SMITH‘s total domestic gross of $186.3 million and $50.3 million opening weekend. The film has earned $305.2 million at the international box office, to date.
And considering that the film will be hitting DVD and Blu-Ray next month, it's a sure bet it'll continue to pull in bank, likely to become one of the best-selling DVD/Blu-Ray's of the year (you can pre-order the DVD/BluRay combo right HERE). All in all, that is not too shabby for a film that some suggested would be one of the biggest flops of the year.
Now bring on the news of the sequel!