By Laurie A. Trotta Hollywood studios boasted total box office receipts of a record-breaking $9.57 billion in 2007, up 4.2% over 2006’s earnings of...

By Laurie A. Trotta

Hollywood studios boasted total box office receipts of a record-breaking $9.57 billion in 2007, up 4.2% over 2006’s earnings of $9.21 billion, according to the website FirstShowing.net.

Paramount dominated the other studios in profits, with a total of $1.48 billion from 20 films released. The studio’s leading films for the year were: “Shrek the Third,” “Transformers,” “Bee Movie,” “Blades of Glory,” “Norbit,” “Beowulf,” “Disturbia,” and “Shooter.”

Warner Brothers came in second with $1.41 billion gleaned from 34 films, while Sony forfeited its 2006 leading spot, coming in fourth with $1.24 billion from 28 movies. Paramount had not held the top spot since 1998, when the juggernaut “Titanic” broke all records for box office grosses.

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The major studios and their earnings from the 123 major releases of 2007, according to FirstShowing.net, are as follows:

1 – Paramount / DreamWorks (20 Films) – $1.48 billion
2 – Warner Brothers (34 Films) – $1.41 billion
3 – Disney / Buena Vista (21 Films) – $1.35 billion
4 – Sony Pictures (28 Films) – $1.24 billion
5 – Universal (20 Films) – $1.09 billion