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Universal Sets International Box Office Record With $3.8 Billion

Led by “Jurassic World” and “Fast and Furious 7,” Universal Pictures Intl. has sped to a new record for the highest-grossing year ever at the international box office with $3.78 billion.

The studio has topped the previous record of $3.73 billion set by 20th Century Fox’s 2014 year-end international grosses, achieving the new record more than four months before the end of the calendar year.

Universal has four of the year’s top five international grossers — “Fast and Furious 7” ($1.2 billion), “Jurassic World” ($983.5 million), “Minions” ($670.2 million) and “Fifty Shades of Grey” ($404.1 million). Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in the third highest global gross this year with $944 million.

The studio noted that it had four No. 1 worldwide openings, and has been No. 1 at the international box office for 10 weeks, more than any other studio. It also has set records for the fastest a studio has ever reached $2 billion and $3 billion at the international box office.

“Jurassic World” had the biggest opening weekend of all time internationally, domestically and worldwide, opening No. 1 in 69 territories. It is the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide — doing so in 13 days — and is the third-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, behind “Avatar” and “Titanic,” at $1.62 billion.

Universal noted that “Fast and Furious 7” holds the record for highest-grossing film in China ($391.2 million) and is only the third film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office — joining “Avatar” and “Titanic.” It is also the fifth-highest-grossing film worldwide at $1.5 billion behind “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Jurassic World” and 2012’s “The Avengers.”

“Minions” is the third-highest worldwide grosser for animated films with $989.4 million, trailing “Frozen” at $1.3 billion and “Toy Story 3” with $1.1 billion.

Universal’s remaining 2015 slate includes “The Visit,” from M. Night Shyamalan; “Everest,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin; “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender; “Crimson Peak,” directed by Guillermo del Toro; “By the Sea,” directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt, starring Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt; and horror-comedy “Krampus.”

UPI president of distribution Duncan Clark said 2015 “continues to be an outstanding year for Universal and we are very proud of the overwhelming success we have had at the international box office.”

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