First Universal, then Disney and now Warner Bros. The Burbank-based studio has just logged the fastest $1B domestic box office ever for the studio with a slate that included such films as American Sniper, and two New Line titles — The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and San Andreas. It also marks the 15th consecutive year that the studio has passed that milestone — the only studio to ever have that great of a run, year-by-year.
Universal, propelled by Furious 7 and Jurassic World, had the fastest climb ever to $1B for the domestic box office about 12 days ago, beating the previous record ascendance achieved by Paramount on June 22, 2008. JW‘s set to grab the highest grosser in 2015 today. Disney, driven by Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron and its $200M darling Cinderella, hit the same $1 billion milestone just a day ago.
Two films that made a significant portion of their gross in 2015 carried over from 2014, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (with Village Roadshow Pictures) and Peter Jackson’s Five Armies (with New Line and MGM). The studio also can boast an over $100M gross on George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (with Village Roadshow). Added to that was the buddy comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.
Of course, box office gross doesn’t necessarily reflect profitability.
Next up for Warner Bros. is the much-anticipated July 1st release of Magic Mike XXL, starring Channing Tatum, reprising the title role under the direction of Gregory Jacobs.