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‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7’ Push Universal to Record Year

Universal Pictures has reached a record $3.8 billion at the worldwide box office — with more than half the year left.

Thanks to “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7,” grosses for 2015 have topped the 2013 record of $3.7 billion. Key performers “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Pitch Perfect 2” also helped the studio hit that milestone.

After just 13 days, the dino thriller hit $1 billion at the worldwide box office more quickly than any other film in history. “Jurassic World” had the highest-grossing second week at the North American box office with $106.6 million, bringing the domestic cume to $402.8 as of Sunday, along with $584.4 million overseas.

Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment, noted in a press release that “Furious 7” is the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, trailing only “Avatar,” “Titanic” and Marvel’s “The Avengers.”

Universal’s key 2015 records include:

  • Fastest a studio has ever reached $1 billion at the domestic box office, $2 billion at the international box office and $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
  • Highest opening ever at the domestic ($208.8 million), international ($316.8 million) and worldwide ($525.6 million) box offices with “Jurassic World,” marking the only time a film has ever opened to $500 million or more in history.
  • Highest-grossing hold in history at the domestic box office ($106.6 million) and the biggest second-weekend hold internationally ($163.4 million) for a day-and-date release with “Jurassic World.”

Fox set the record for worldwide box office last year with grosses topping $5.5 billion.

Universal’s summer slate includes “Ted 2,” which opens this weekend; the animated comedy “Minions”; Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer; and “Straight Outta Compton,” the story of the rise and fall of N.W.A.

The remainder of the year’s releases include M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” mountain climbing saga “Everest,” biopic “Steve Jobs,” Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror story “Crimson Peak,” “Jem and the Holograms,” Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s “By the Sea,” Legendary’s horror-comedy “Krampus,” and the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters.”

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