Sony Pictures, noting that its overseas business will top $2 billion in ticket sales this weekend, said Thursday that it is having the best year in its history. In a statement, distribution chief Jeff Blake said, "Even in the midst of an economy that continues to challenge our industry, this has been a tremendous year in just about every way we can imagine." Domestically, the studio, the company released eight No. 1 films this year, and its entire slate as grossed more than $1.37 billion to date, bringing its worldwide total to $3.37 billion. Sony's biggest hit -- accounting for 25 percent of its international gross to date, was 2012 -- a film that is still raking in millions of dollars worldwide. It is expected to cross the $500-million mark in overseas sales this weekend.