- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2014

SeaWorld set a company record in revenue for fiscal year 2013, despite fallout from the “Blackfish” documentary that spurred a boycott, the company announced Monday.

Boosted by fourth-quarter numbers, the company expects an estimated $1.46 billion in revenue, up from $1.42 billion the year before, CNN reported.

The announcement comes after SeaWorld faced serious backlash from the CNN documentary “Blackfish” that highlights the deaths of several orca trainers.

Since the film first aired on Oct. 24, at least nine major musical acts have canceled planned concert appearances in a very public boycott.

“We are very pleased with our fourth quarter performance, particularly for the SeaWorld-branded parks in Orlando and San Diego, which helped us to achieve record revenue for the year,” said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. President and CEO Jim Atchison in a press release.

“The success of the SeaWorld parks in 2013 suggests that the extraordinary experience offered in these parks is as meaningful today as at any point in our history. But as strong as last year was for us, we are looking forward to another great year in 2014.”