Box Office Milestone: Universal International Hits $1.8 Billion for Best Year Ever

4:06 PM PST 08/13/2013 by Rebecca Ford
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"Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2" helped UPI surpass its 2012 record of $1.794 billion.

Universal Pictures International (UPI) has grossed $1.8 billion at the international box office as of Tuesday, marking its biggest year ever.

The major success of Fast & Furious 6 ($544.4 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($410 million) at the international box office helped catapult the studio to its best year at the foreign box office to date. There were also solid performances from several other films, including Oscar-nominated musical Les Misérables, ($293 million), sci-fi film Oblivion ($197.1 million) and horror pic Mama ($75.9 million).

In 2012, UPI grossed $1.794 billion for the year when it was handling films such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ted, Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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The high-octane street racing sequel Fast 6 and the minion-starring sequel Despicable Me 2 are currently the year's second and third highest grossing films both internationally and worldwide. Despicable Me 2, starring the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, is currently the highest-grossing animated film of the year.

UPI has 14 films still to be released in 2013, including three wide releases. The slate includes teen superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2; romantic comedy About Time; Malcolm D. Lee’s The Best Man follow up, The Best Man Holiday; and action flick 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves.

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