‘Minions,’ ‘Jurassic World’ Lift Universal’s International Box Office Past Record $3 Billion

Universal’s international box office has already crossed the $3 billion mark this year, thanks to the overseas debut of “Minions” and a strong ongoing performance from “Jurassic World.”

The studio said its international grosses have set a new record in crossing the threshold, overtaking the record set by 20th Century Fox last October. It’s also the first time in Universal’s 103-year history that the studio has reached $3 billion at the international box office.

Jurassic World” has hit $843.9 million and “Minions,” which opens Friday in the U.S., has already grossed $141.7 million abroad. “Fifty Shades of Grey” ($403.6 million), “Fast and Furious 7” ($1.16 billion) and “Pitch Perfect 2” ($96.6 million) are other key performers.

The studio’s films have been in first place at the international box office for nine weeks, longer than any other studio. “Jurassic World” is already the No. 5 highest-grossing film of all time worldwide at $1.4 billion and the No. 9 highest grosser internationally.

“Fast & Furious 7” is the highest-grossing film ever in China at $390.8 million and the N0. 3 highest grosser at the international box office, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

Universal’s upcoming slate includes “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer; “Everest,” which will open the Venice Film Festival; “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender; Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”; and “By the Sea,” starring Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt.

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