13 March 2013 4:54 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

At the beginning of 2008, only three movies*Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest*had earned over $1 billion worldwide. Flash forward five years to early 2013, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has just recently become the 15th title to reach that illustrious milestone. With the addition of 3D ticket pricing and the rapid expansion of the foreign market in areas like China and Russia, reaching $1 billion definitely isn't all that it used to be. Still, it hasn't lost all its prestige, and hitting that mark remains an undeniable sign that a movie is a global sensation. Four 2012 movies reached that coveted level, though only one (Skyfall) was a major surprise. 2013, on the other hand, doesn't have as many obvious choices, and it's therefore unlikely we'll once again see four $1 billion titles. Excluding Jurassic Park*which will obviously pass »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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