Neeson, Johannson, Costner Power Up Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Revenues

Cannes – Powered by English-language actioners – Liam Neeson’s “Taken” and “Taken 2,” now Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Lucy” – plus high-end TV drama production, Luc Besson’s Gallic major EuropaCorp punched €213.1 million ($290.4 million) in 2013/14 full year revenues.

EuropaCorp’s financial year ended March 31.

Figure includes $32.6 million ($44.4 million) in royalties from the first two “Taken” installments under a buy-out deal with Fox.

Including that buy-out, EuropaCorp revs were up 14.7% for the year. Without it, they edged down 2.9%.

Also contributing to 2013/14 sales: First revenues from Universal on the Luc Besson-helmed “Lucy,” where Johansson plays a drug mule whose consignment seeps into her body, giving her superhuman intelligence. Universal has just put forward the U.S. release to July 25; and international deliveries on McG’s 3 Days To Kill,” with Kevin Costner as a CIA agent doing one last job.

Driven by such deals, international sales accounted for 52% of full-year revenues, two thirds of fourth quarter income.
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