Universal, Disney Finish 2015 With Record Worldwide Grosses

Jurassic World
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Universal and Disney have set new yearly records for worldwide grosses, well above 20th Century Fox’s 2014 record of $5.5 billion, thanks to “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Universal finished the year with $6.89 billion, with $1.67 billion of that from “Jurassic World.” Disney followed with $5.85 billion, including $1.33 billion from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Rentrak reported Sunday that the global box office had hit $38 billion. The year included five films that topped $1 billion worldwide: “Jurassic World,” “The Force Awakens,” Disney’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Universal’s “Furious 7” and “Minions” — the first time that has happened in a single year.

Universal set new records in 2015 for international with $4.44 billion, topping Fox’s $3.73 billion in 2014, and $2.45 billion in domestic, beating Warner Bros.’ $2.11 billion record set in 2009.

As for Disney, 2015 represented the third consecutive year in which three of its releases surpassed $700 million globally with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Inside Out.” Six of its releases grossed over $100 million domestically and five grossed over $500 million globally.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” set records for top domestic opening weekend at $248 million and top global opening weekend at $529 million; fastest film to reach $1 billion globally (12 days); biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2 million domestic); biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million); biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million); biggest Sunday ($60.5 million); Monday ($40.1 million); Tuesday ($37.3 million); and Christmas Day ($49.3 million).

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  1. imustseemovie.com says:

    Yep and the studio have been complaining they are not making money they wanted to raise movie tickets price

  2. And in 2017 Disney will undoubtedly beat that number, with Star Wars: Episode VIII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, 3 Marvel releases in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, and Thor: Ragnarok – and 2 Pixar films with a live action Beauty and the Beast kicker.

    • therealeverton says:

      Spider-Man is a Sony film, Marvel Studios and hence Disney, won’t profit “directly” from it at all.It doesn’t show up as as money on Disney’s box office BUT apparently things like it grossing $1b – $1.5b etc. will result in payments being made to Marvel Studios. Oh and of course they continue to take all the licensing money.

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