Box Office Report: Universal Passes $1 Billion in Foreign Grosses

Fast & Furious 6 - H - 2013

Boosted by "Fast 6," "Les Miserables" and "Oblivion," the studio crosses the mark faster than ever before.

Thanks to a high-octane street racing sequel and an Oscar-nominated musical movie, Universal has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office.

Universal Pictures International reported on Friday that the studio had reached the mark faster than ever before, including last year’s previous record of July 17, 2012, when it was handling films such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ted, Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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UPI zoomed to the $1 billion mark thanks to the record-breaking performance of Fast & Furious 6, which has grossed $259.4 million at the international box office in its first week. The ensemble action pic will continue to do big business for UPI as it opens in six more international markets.

The studio’s other films from the first half of 2013 included Oscar-nominated musical ensemble pic Les Miserables ($238.9 million), Tom Cruise starrer Oblivion ($180.4 million), horror thriller Mama ($74.9 million) and comedy Identity Thief ($39.8 million).

Universal has eight more films coming in 2013 that could help the studio surpass last year's international total of $1.794 billion: sci-fi thriller The Purge; CG-comedy sequel Despicable Me 2; Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds sci-fi action-comedy R.I.P.D.; Edgar Wright’s The World’s End; 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.