Bouyed by the success of a tremendous slate of films that has included X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Gone Girl, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 and Son Of God (to name a few), 20th Century Fox has beaten a four-year-old domestic box office record for its highest-grossing year ever. Already. It’s also edging closer to breaking an international box office record as well.
In 2004, Fox scored $1.48 billion; this year its slate has been even more explosive to help the studio cross the $1.5 billion mark. That record was set October 19 with Gone Girl pushing past $100 million. If we include Fox Searchlight, which released the box office favorite The Grand Budapest Hotel in March, the studio is actually up to $1.62 billion (that’s through yesterday). The studio is, of course, still the box office champion as we head into the big holiday season. And it has yet to release the big-budget Exodus: Gods And Kings, starring Christian Bale and directed by Ridley Scott), the third installment of the successful franchise Night At The Museum 3: The Secret Of The Tomb, starring Ben Stiller; and DreamWorks Animation’s spinoff Penguins Of Madagascar.
The ranking now across the Hollywood landscape in descending order as we head before the holidays is Fox, the Walt Disney Co. (whose Big Hero 6 has yet to bow), Warner Bros. (yet to release the next Hobbit installment), Sony, Universal (Dumb And Dumber To is coming in two weeks), Paramount (waiting for Interstellar on November 7), Lionsgate (whose The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 has yet to bow), Relativity, The Weinstein Co., Open Road and Fox Searchlight. The holiday floodgate of films will open November 7, so let the games begin.
In the meantime, to Mr. Gianopulos and the rest the crew at Fox and Fox Searchlight — well done.
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