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Universal, Disney Finish 2015 With Record Worldwide Grosses

Universal and Disney have set new yearly records for worldwide grosses, well above 20th Century Fox’s 2014 record of $5.5 billion, thanks to “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Universal finished the year with $6.89 billion, with $1.67 billion of that from “Jurassic World.” Disney followed with $5.85 billion, including $1.33 billion from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Rentrak reported Sunday that the global box office had hit $38 billion. The year included five films that topped $1 billion worldwide: “Jurassic World,” “The Force Awakens,” Disney’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Universal’s “Furious 7” and “Minions” — the first time that has happened in a single year.

Universal set new records in 2015 for international with $4.44 billion, topping Fox’s $3.73 billion in 2014, and $2.45 billion in domestic, beating Warner Bros.’ $2.11 billion record set in 2009.

As for Disney, 2015 represented the third consecutive year in which three of its releases surpassed $700 million globally with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Inside Out.” Six of its releases grossed over $100 million domestically and five grossed over $500 million globally.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” set records for top domestic opening weekend at $248 million and top global opening weekend at $529 million; fastest film to reach $1 billion globally (12 days); biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2 million domestic); biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million); biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million); biggest Sunday ($60.5 million); Monday ($40.1 million); Tuesday ($37.3 million); and Christmas Day ($49.3 million).

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