With the year they were having first in April with the bow of Furious 7 and then with this summer’s giant Jurassic World, it was bound to happen. Universal Pictures has just shattered another record. This time, the studio reached $5.53B mark in worldwide box office, marking the highest-grossing year ever for a studio in industry history. In just seven months, Universal bested the record previously held by 20th Century Fox which ended 2014 with $5.52B. To date, Universal has grossed $3.59B internationally and $1.94B domestically and is poised to cross the $2B mark at the domestic box office later this month.
Jurassic World has made $1.562B to date worldwide with Furious 7 riding right behind it with $1.515B — those two together have become the third and fifth highest-grossing films in history, respectively. Furious 7 this year became the highest-grossing film ever in China with $390.8M joined the ranks of Avatar and Titanic as only the third film in history to reach $1B internationally. It is also the fifth-highest-grossing film worldwide ever.
In addition, Illumination Entertainment’s Minions has already grossed a whopping $875M after debuting only a little over four weeks ago. Add to that, Fifty Shades of Grey which grossed $570M and Pitch Perfect 2 which surprised everyone with $283M worldwide and you see how the studio broke Fox’s record.
So, let’s look at the records Universal has set so far in 2015:
It set the record for fasted to $1B; fastest to $2B and $3B at the international box office; fastest to $3B, $4B, and yes, $5B at the worldwide box office. Domestically, it has five of the top 8 openers of this year because of the aforementioned films. It has been No. 1 at the domestic box office for 11 weekends and has held that No. 1 spot 12 times, more than any other studio.
Jurassic World alone had the biggest opening weekend of all-time internationally, domestically and worldwide. It ranks as the fastest film to reach $1B worldwide after only 13 days of release, and is currently the third-highest-grossing film worldwide ever, behind only Avatar and Titanic.
Minions became the highest opening for an animated 3-D film of all time and the biggest animated opening day ever. It is also only the fourth animated film ever to cross $100 million in its opening weekend—the first to do so since 2010.
Universal also enjoyed a record with Pitch Perfect 2, which literally came out of nowhere to become the highest-grossing, live-action musical of all time. The Elizabeth Banks-directed film out-grossed the domestic lifetime total of Pitch Perfect‘s $65M in its first weekend out when it opened to a terrific $69.2M. Yep, nailed it.
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