U hits new worldwide box-office high

Nearly $3 billion beats last year's global total

Universal Pictures has set a new high at the worldwide box office, making $2.927 billion globally from its 2012 slate.

The studio had already broken its domestic record and, with the release of “This Is 40” tomorrow, will pass its international record of $1.127 billion.

After a handful of rough years, 2011 and 2012 show signs of a resurgence at the studio with such hits as “Ted,” “The Lorax” and “The Bourne Legacy” helping set a new high water mark.

Though the studio missed with the big-budget “Battleship,” it was one of seven films on the slate to pass $200 million worldwide. Others included “Safe House,” “American Reunion,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and “Ted.”

Besides “This Is 40,” the studio on Christmas Day opens “Les Miserables,” which will help both the 2012 and 2013 totals.

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