Straight Outta Compton is sending Universal past the $2 billion domestic mark this weekend, and doing so in record time, helping Uni to best the previous speed record to $2B set December 25, 2009, by Warner Bros.
Uni will ultimately take the crown for the all-time domestic record set by any Hollywood major for the year, also previously held by WB in 2009 with $2.1B. In June, Universal celebrated the quickest rise to $1 billion domestic ever and just last week broke the record for the highest-grossing box office year in global industry history when it reached $5.53B worldwide.
The studio owns five of the top 10 pics at the 2015 domestic B.O. to date with Jurassic World ($638M by end of this weekend), Furious 7 ($351M), Minions ($312.7M by end of this weekend), Fifty Shades of Grey ($166.2M) and Pitch Perfect 2 ($183.8M). Compton alone is set to ring up over $59M this weekend, becoming the studio’s sixth title to open at No. 1 this year. The studio has owned the No. 1 spot for 11 weekends in 2015.
Said Nick Carpou, President of Domestic Distribution in a statement, “We knew that 2015 was going to be a special year, and were hopeful that our varied slate of franchise tentpoles, sequels and original films would resonate with audiences’ diverse moviegoing tastes. This milestone contributes to a win for our entire industry in a year that continues to see healthy growth and is on pace to be among the biggest ever. We applaud our friends and partners in exhibition, whose optimistic support has been essential to our success.”