After setting records for the fastest climb to $2B and then $3B at the international box office, it was just a matter of time before Universal Pictures International set yet another benchmark. With recent titles like Minions and Jurassic World still making waves overseas, and with last week’s receipts factored in, Universal Pictures International has grossed $3.78B in offshore box office. That is an industry record for the highest-grossing year ever, overtaking the $3.73B milestone previously set by 20th Century Fox’s 2014 year-end international haul.
In an unprecendented year that will soon see the China release of Minions, can $4B be that far behind? Also on deck for markets abroad are the rollouts of Working Title’s epic adventure, and Venice opener, Everest; M Night Shyamalan’s The Visit; Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak; current domestic champ Straight Outta Compton; Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs; Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea; and Legendary’s horror-comedy Krampus.
Here’s a refresher on the overseas highlights of 2015 so far:
UPI has had four of the Top Five highest-grossing films of the year: No. 1 Fast & Furious 7 ($1.162B), No. 2 Jurassic World ($983.5M), No. 4 Minions ($670.2M) and No. 5 Fifty Shades Of Grey ($404.1M).
There have been four No. 1 worldwide openings, and Universal has been No. 1 at the international box office for 10 weeks, more than any other studio.
Jurassic World had the biggest opening weekend of all time internationally, domestically and worldwide, debuting at No. 1 in 69 territories. It was the fastest film to reach $1B worldwide after only 13 days and is currently the 3rd-highest-grossing film worldwide ever, behind only Avatar and Titanic.
Furious 7, which was released as Fast & Furious 7 abroad, is the highest-grossing film ever in China ($391.2M) and became the 3rd film in history to cross $1B at the international box office, making Universal only the second studio ever to achieve the milestone.
Illumination Entertainment’s Minions has opened No. 1 in 56 territories, and still has more landings to come. It is the highest-grossing animated film of the year; the highest grossing animated film of all-time in Latin America; the 4th-highest-grossing animated film internationally; and the 3rd-highest-grossing animated film worldwide.
And, let’s not forget Pitch Perfect 2 and its $101M+ overseas gross.
Duncan Clark, UPI president of distribution shared the new record news today saying, “There are countless people who contribute to this level of success. First and foremost our studio executive ranks, led by Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, then of course our filmmakers and talent. This record-breaking milestone is also a testament to the tireless work of those invaluable team members at our head offices in Los Angeles and London as well as those in our operating companies, joint ventures and local distributors around the world. With nine titles on our main slate still awaiting release, we are excited at what the remainder of the year has to offer.”