Universal Pictures said it has just surpassed North American box office grosses of $2.113 billion, which passes the calendar-year record set by Warner Bros.’ 2009 year-end domestic grosses of $2.105 billion. Universal, which has had a monster year so far with five of the 10 top-grossing domestic movies including Jurassic World, Furious 7, Minions, Pitch Perfect and Fifty Shades Of Grey, has done this with four months to go in 2015.
The news comes two days after Universal’s overseas outfit Universal Pictures International hit a gross of $3.78B in offshore box office. That is also 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.
“This continues to be an extraordinary year for our studio, and our success is a result of every division working cohesively to bring the best possible version of our films into theaters,” said distribution president Nick Carpou. “We work alongside inspired filmmakers with a passion for telling great stories, and with this year’s diverse slate we were fortunate to identify release dates that maximized theatrical grosses. We share this success with our partners in exhibition and look forward to the remainder of the year.”
The studio will add to that mark soon with a slew of pics remaining to roll out in 2015, including the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, Everest, Legend, Crimson Peak and the Angelina Jolie Pitt-Brad Pitt pic By The Sea among others.