Revenue from Warner Bros, which includes the movie business and
is the company's biggest unit by revenue, rose 8.2 percent to
As of April 30, "Kong: Skull Island" had grossed more than $562
million globally, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.
"The LEGO Batman Movie" grossed more than $308 million globally,
as of April 30, according to Box Office Mojo.
Revenue from Home Box Office (HBO), known for its hugely popular
show "Game of Thrones", rose 4.1 percent to $1.57 billion.
The latest season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere in July
Excluding items, the company earned $1.66 per share, beating the
average analysts' estimate of $1.45 per share, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Like other media companies, Time Warner has also been struggling
to keep its viewers hooked to its channels, at a time when most
audience are flocking to online streaming services such as
Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> and Amazon.com Inc's <AMZN.O> Prime.
This has resulted in shorter TV seasons and hurt writers'
earnings, who are paid per episode. Hollywood writers and
representatives of movie studios reached a tentative deal on
Tuesday, averting a second strike in 10 years.
The company's net income increased to $1.42 billion, or $1.80
per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $1.21
billion, or $1.51 per share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose to $7.74 billion from $7.31 billion.
Time Warner said on Wednesday it was on track to close its
merger with AT&T before the end of 2017. U.S. President Donald
Trump has, during his election campaign, opposed the $85.4
Analysts on an average had expected revenue of $7.67 billion.
(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio
D'Souza and Shounak Dasgupta)
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