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WARNER BROS. FINISHES 1992 IN FIRST PLACE AT BOX OFFICE, GROSSING $876 MILLION AT DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE

 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros. triumphed in the 1992 box-office battle, becoming the leading domestic motion picture distributor for the third time in the last four years, it was announced today by D. Barry Reardon, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Theatrical Distribution, who confirmed information provided by A.D. Murphy of Variety.
 Led by "Batman Returns," the industry's top-grossing movie of the year at $162.8 million, Warner Bros.' roster of high-earning releases included "Lethal Weapon 3," with $144.6 million; "The Bodyguard," with $88 million to date; "Under Siege," with $79.6 million; "Unforgiven," with $75 million; "JFK," with $49.7 million in 1992 grosses; "Malcolm X," with $44 million; "Passenger 57," with $40.8 million; "Final Analysis," with $28.6 million; and "The Last Boy Scout," with $26.1 million. Also included in the Warner Bros. tally is "Forever Young," starring Mel Gibson, which opened Dec. 16 and has earned $33 million in its first 15 days of release. Warner Bros. had three of the top 10 grossing pictures for the industry in 1992.
 "This has been another tremendous year for Warner Bros., one that really demonstrates our strengths and diversity," stated Reardon. "We successfully released drama, romance, fantasy, historical and action films in an extremely crowded marketplace, and were able to find an audience for each category. We also did quite well with the limited re-release of the classic, Blade Runner.'
 "Now that domestic releases are increasingly important as the foundation of a global distribution plan, we are proud and pleased to have given so many films such excellent starts. The success of our films is really a team effort, starting with our production group and its president, Bruce Berman, and our marketing people with their president, Rob Friedman.
 "We wish to congratulate all of our filmmakers, actors and support people who made this fabulous year possible."
 Warner Bros. grossed $876,000,000 during 1992, a total of $250 million more than in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros., 818-954-6217/


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