Box Office: Universal Crosses $2 Billion Overseas in Record Time
The milestone is thanks to hits including 'Furious 7' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'
Universal Pictures has crossed $2 billion in international box-office revenue for the year, faster than any studio in history, thanks in large part to titans Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2.
The studio reached the milestone on June 11. The previous record-holder was Fox, which hit $2 billion on June 15, 2010. The feat was accomplished just as Jurassic World began rolling out overseas, earning $24.5 million on Wednesday (that figure includes $3.5 million in previews).
It's only the second time that Universal has crossed $2 billion in foreign revenue in any given year.
“Our continued success this year has been driven by the studio’s ability to build new franchises such as Fifty Shades of Grey and to nurture our homegrown franchises, which include the Pitch Perfect and Fast & Furious series,” said Duncan Clark, president of distribution for United Pictures International. “We have benefited from strategic dating choices, allowing our tentpole films breathing room to reach their full potential at the international box office. This was truly a team effort across the globe.”
Furious 7 is the studio's top-grossing film of the year, with north of $1.5 billion in ticket sales, including $1.16 billion internationally, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey, which grossed $403 million overseas and $569.7 million globally.