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Universal Crosses $5 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Universal Pictures has passed $5 billion at the worldwide box office this year — faster than any other studio has reached that milestone.

The studio has reached $1.709 billion domestically and $3.292 billion internationally. Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office Thursday.

The studio’s “Jurassic World” will cross $600 million at the North American box office by the end of business Friday. That’s the quickest climb to that benchmark, with the milestone reached after 36 days. The dino thriller has now grossed more than $1.491 billion worldwide.

The studio has been on a hot streak this year. On July 8 it announced that its international box office had already crossed the $3 billion mark this year, overtaking the record set by 20th Century Fox last October.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” ($570.3 million worldwide), “Fast and Furious 7″ ($1.512 billion) and “Pitch Perfect 2″ ($280.1 million) are other key performers.

“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 is opening “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer, this weekend, with expectations for an opening weekend of at least $20 million.

Other Universal titles coming this year include “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.

Fox set the worldwide record in 2014 with $5.5 billion.

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