Universal Breaks Global Record


Universal Pictures International has set a new record for the most successful year ever at the global box office for a Hollywood studio – and we’re not quite two-thirds of the way through the year.

Huge hits including “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7” have contributed to a worldwide haul of $3.78 billion so far, beating the previous record of $3.73 billion set by 20th Century Fox’s overall 2014 takings.

The studio, headquartered in Universal City, has had four of the five biggest earning films internationally this year, headed by “Furious 7,” which has raked in $1.2 billion, followed by “Jurassic World” with $984 million, “Minions” with $670 million and “Fifty Shades of Grey” with $404 million.

And the studio’s haul will only grow over the next four months. Current U.S. box-office champ “Straight Outta Compton” begins its international rollout this weekend. Also upcoming is the biopic “Steve Jobs,” adventure film “Everest” and Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie project “By The Sea.”

While none of those films is likely to have Jurassic- or Furious-level success, they could help push the studio’s box-office takings past the $4 billion mark this year.

“We are very proud of the overwhelming success we have had at the international box office,” said Duncan Clark, Universal Pictures’ president of distribution, in a statement. “With nine titles on our slate still awaiting release, we are excited at what the remainder of the year has to offer.”

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