UNIVERSAL CITY, CA—August 6, 2012—Universal Pictures announced today that the studio has reached the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, three months earlier than at any time in history. The previous record was set during the weekend of November 7, 2008 with films that included Mamma Mia!, The Incredible Hulk, Wanted and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. This will be the seventh time Universal has reached this milestone. With five films yet to be released in 2012, the studio is on track to have its highest-grossing year ever at the domestic box office, a record also set in 2008.
Universal’s 2012 success at the North American box office has been fueled by a strong slate of films including five that became No. 1 (Contraband, Safe House, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman and Ted), two that grossed more than $200 million (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at $214 million and Ted at $203.6 million*) and two that grossed more than $100 million (Safe House at $126.4 million and Snow White and the Huntsman at $153.8 million*). Universal is one of only two studios so far this year to have two films that have grossed more than $200 million domestically. Currently, Universal has four of the 15 top grossing films of the year, more than any other studio.