Warner Bros. Pictures has exceeded $1 billion at the US box office to become the only studio ever to reach that benchmark 15 years in a row. This is also the fastest the studio has ever climbed to the billion dollar sum. The announcement was made by Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman. The studio surpasses the billion dollar mark on the strength of films, beginning with the carryover of two blockbuster 2014 releases: Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning ‘American Sniper’ (with Village Roadshow Pictures) and Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures). Warner Bros. has more recently scored hits with Brad Peyton’s ‘San Andreas’ (with New Line Cinema), starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino; George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (with Village Roadshow Pictures), starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron; and ‘Get Hard’, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Fellman said, “We are all very proud of this record-breaking achievement. With a wide range of exciting films upcoming, we look forward to building on this number over the rest of the year.” Creative development, worldwide production president Greg Silverman said, “Hitting a billion dollars in the first six months of the year is an amazing accomplishment, which we share with our partners and all the artists in the Warner Bros. family who bring their considerable talents to our films.” Worldwide marketing, international distribution president Sue Kroll noted, “This is a terrific milestone, which is the result of the dedication of many people on both sides of the camera. It also reflects the diversity of our film slate, which truly offers something for everyone.” Next up for Warner Bros. is the 1 July release of ‘Magic Mike XXL’ starring Channing Tatum, reprising the title role under the direction of Gregory Jacobs.