This is the earliest in a calendar year that Universal has ever hit the 10-figure milestone. Its previous record was set on May 31, 2013. Universal has topped $1 billion internationally for nine straight years.
“Fifty Shades” has hit $401.2 million internationally since its Valentine’s Day weekend launch. Despite opening only a week ago, “Furious 7” has already grossed $316 million in markets outside the U.S. It opens in China and Russia this weekend.
“The Theory of Everything” was the studio’s other notable contributor with $85 million. Upcoming titles include “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Minions,” “Jurassic World,” “Ted 2” and “Trainwreck.”
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