Universal Breaks International Box-Office Record With $3.78B

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Universal Pictures International passes Fox's 2014 record of $3.73 billion by more than four months.

Universal's banner year continues with another record.

Universal Pictures International has grossed $3.78 billion to set a new industry record for the highest-grossing year ever at the international box office.

Internationally, the studio has four of the top five highest-grossing films of the year: Fast & Furious 7 (No. 1 with $1.162 billion), Jurassic World (No. 2 with $983.5 million), Minions (No. 4 with $670.2 million) and Fifty Shades of Grey (No. 5 with $404.1 million).

The studio, which also set records for the fastest a studio has ever reached $2 billion and $3 billion at the international box office, has also been No. 1 at the international box office for 10 weeks, more than any other studio, and has had four No. 1 worldwide openings.

“We are very proud of the overwhelming success we have had at the international box office,” said Duncan Clark, President Distribution, UPI. “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."

Jurassic World has the biggest international and worldwide opening weekend of all time, opening No. 1 in 69 territories where the film was released. It was the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide after only 13 days of release and is currently the third-highest-grossing film worldwide ever, behind Avatar and Titanic. 

Fast & Furious 7 became the highest-grossing film ever in China ($391.2 million), and it's also the fifth-highest-grossing film worldwide ever. 

Illumination Entertainment’s Minions is the highest-grossing animated film of the year; the highest grossing animated film of all-time in Latin America; the fourth-highest-grossing animated film internationally and third-highest-grossing animated film worldwide.

Still coming up for the studio this year is the international release of Straight Outta Compton (which topped the domestic box office for the past two weeks); The Visit, the original new thriller from writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan; adventure film Everest, directed by Baltasar Kormákur; Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs; Guillermo del Toro's gothic romance Crimson Peak; Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea; and Krampus, the horror-comedy from Legendary.

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