'Jurassic World,' 'Furious 7′ push Universal to record year
Universal Pictures has set a new record for its highest year of worldwide box office grosses — with more than half the year left.
On Monday, the dino thriller became on Monday set a record for the fastest film to hit $1 billion in worldwide box office after 13 days. "Jurassic World" had the highest-grossing second week at the North American box office with $106.6 million to bring the domestic cume to $402.8 as of Sunday along with $584.4 million overseas.
Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell said, "This has been a fantastic year for our studio, as we've had the privilege of releasing some of the most highly- anticipated films of 2015."
It also noted that "Furious 7″ is the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, trailing only "Avatar," "Titanic" and Marvel's "The Avengers." Universal's key 2015 records:
— Fastest a studio has ever reached $1 billion at the domestic box office; $2 billion at the international box office; and $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
— Highest opening ever at the domestic ($208.8 million), international ($316.8 million) and worldwide ($525.6 million) box offices with "Jurassic World," marking the only time a film has ever opened to $500 million or more in history.
— Highest-grossing hold in history at the domestic box office ($106.6 million) and the biggest second-weekend hold internationally ($163.4 million) for a day-and-date release with Jurassic World.
Fox set the record for worldwide box office last year with grosses topping $5.5 billion.
Universal's summer slate includes "Ted 2," which opens this weekend; animated comedy "Minions"; "Trainwreck," from director Judd Apatow and starring Amy Schumer; and "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of N.W.A., directed by F. Gary Gray.
The remainder of the years includes M. Night Shyamalan's "The Visit"; mountain climbing saga "Everest"; biopic "Steve Jobs"; gothic horror story "Crimson Peak" directed by Guillermo del Toro; "Jem and the Holograms," from director Jon M. Chu; "By The Sea," from writer/director Angelina Jolie Pitt, starring Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt; Legendary's horror-comedy "Krampus"; and the comedy "Sisters," starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — which opens against "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Dec. 18.More on Variety:
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