Universal’s dino-mite 2015 continues. Jurassic World this weekend cleared $1B internationally, becoming the fourth film ever to pass the milestone. What’s more, with this frame’s global grosses across all films, the studio’s worldwide box office is now $6.043B. That makes it the first ever to reach $6B in a year, much less eight months. The breakdowns are now $3.886B international (+323% from 2014) and $2.157B in North America (+163% from 2014). Last month, Universal broke the industry record previously held by 20th Century Fox, which ended 2014 with $5.53B.
Jurassic World this frame added $2.7M in 29 territories, pushing the overseas total to $1.003B. The other three films to have taken over $1B offshore are Avatar, Titanic and Universal’s own Furious 7. JW‘s global total is now $1.651B. China remains the biggest offshore market for the Colin Trevorrow helmed pic, and Japan is continuing its strong run with a 30-day total of $63.1M.
Some of the key stats on JW include the biggest opening weekend ever at the international, domestic and global box offices with $523.7M combined. It is the fastest movie ever to hit $1B worldwide (13 days) and the No. 3 highest-grossing film ever domestically and globally, behind Avatar and Titanic. Internationally it’s No. 4 behind those two plus Furious 7.
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Universal’s milestones include having the highest-grossing year in history at the domestic, international and worldwide box office; being the first studio ever to have three billion dollar grossers at the worldwide box office in a single year (Minions, Jurassic World, Furious 7); and the first to have two billion dollar grossers offshore in a single year (Jurassic World, Furious 7). Universal is also enjoying the biggest year of all time for any studio in 40 markets.
This weekend, it notably has the No. 1 film at the UK, German and Australian box office as Straight Outta Compton adds to its fantastic domestic numbers.
The news comes as Universal execs were riding high last night here in Venice where The Danish Girl received a 10-minute standing ovation, cueing up its awards season run. Among other titles on deck, Minions goes to China on September 13; M Night Shyamalan’s The Visit bows next frame; Venice opener Everest starts rollout September 17; and Telluride hit Steve Jobs is due in October as is Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.
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