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20th Century Fox Crosses $1 Billion at 2014 Domestic Box Office

The domestic box office is mired in a slump, but it’s been a great summer for 20th Century Fox, which became the first studio to cross the $1 billion mark Stateside this year.

It got there on the strength of hits such as  “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which debuted to $73 million this weekend, as well as “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Rio 2” and “The Other Woman.”

Perhaps its most significant accomplishment is “The Fault in Our Stars.” Produced for $12 million, this “Love Story” for millennials, has earned nearly $120 million domestically. Oh those profit margins!

Included in Fox’s total is the $152 million haul for “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the DreamWorks Animation sequel that the studio rolled out as part of a distribution pact with the family-focused company that started last year.

The figure does not include numbers from Fox Searchlight, which had a nice specialty breakout last spring with Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The comic fable earned $58.8 million in the U.S.

Fox will end its summer next month with the release of the R-rated comedy “Let’s Be Cops.”

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