The performance topped analysts' estimates.
For the three months ended March 31, the media and entertainment company earned $1.29 billion, or $1.42 per share. That's up from $754 million, or 79 cents per share, a year ago.
Removing certain items, earnings were 91 cents per share. Excluding publishing division Time Inc. -- expected to be spun off in the second quarter -- earnings were 97 cents per share.
Analysts forecast 88 cents per share.
Revenue increased 9 percent to $7.55 billion from $6.94 billion, driven by strong performances from Warner Bros., Turner and HBO. Taking out Time Inc., revenue was $6.8 billion.
Wall Street expected $6.63 billion.