‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7’ Push Universal Past $2 Billion Overseas

Jurassic World
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Jurassic World’s” international opening this week is helping Universal Pictures smash industry records, pushing the studio past the $2 billion mark overseas.

It’s the fastest in a calendar year that a studio has ever eclipsed that particular milestone, surpassing the record set by 20th Century Fox in 2010 by four days. It’s also the second time the studio has reached $2 billion at the international box office.

“Jurassic World” is expected to debut to more than $125 million domestically this weekend, and it’s already putting up big numbers abroad, including opening to $17.2 million in China.

Universal, which a few years ago was struggling to find hits, has shrewdly rebuilt its stock pile of franchises. The studio has fielded a number of global winners this year, including the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the a cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect 2” and the action blockbuster “Furious 7.” There have been a smattering of misses, as well, such as the fantasy adventure “Seventh Son” and the cyber-thriller “Blackhat.”

The studio’s summer looks particularly strong with “Minions,” the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck” and the rap drama “Straight Outta Compton” all on tap. The fall brings Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” and the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt drama “By the Sea.”