Fox Crosses $3 Billion at Worldwide Box Office
Twentieth Century Fox crossed the $3 billion mark in worldwide box office on July 15, becoming the first studio to hit that level this year, the studio reported today.
Even as corporate owner 21st Century Fox makes a bid to acquire rival Time Warner, the company's Filmed Entertainment unit is flexing its muscle and on July 13, it became the first studio this year to gross $1 billion dollars at the domestic box office. Internationally, it crossed the $2 billion mark on July 16, becoming the first studio to reach that milestone in 2014.
The studio has reached those numbers thanks to a varied slate. Last weekend, it released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to a $104-million opening global tally, including $72.6 million domestically. The movie claimed the number one market share position in 26 countries and has now grossed $132 million as it heads into its second weekend of release.
Earlier this summer, X-Men: Days of Future Past became the highest-grossing movie in the studio's X-Men franchise, collecting $735 million globally and becoming the ninth title in the studio's history to gross more than $700 million worldwide.
Two female-centric movies also contributed to Fox’s coffers: The Other Woman, the comedy starring Cameron Diaz, has grossed $195 million worldwide so far, while the Fox 2000 drama The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley, has taken in $243 million worldwide.
On the animation front, Rio 2, from Fox's Blue Sky Studio, has grossed $490 million worldwide, and Fox's release of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, which has yet to open in a number of international markets, has taken in $366 million.
Additionally, the studio's specialty division, Fox Searchlight, released Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel to a worldwide haul of $168 million.