Following the stellar overseas opening for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s international chief Duncan Clark is confident about an upcoming release slate that includes Bond 25, “Dr. Seuss' The Grinch,” “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Pokemon movie “Detective Pikachu,” and potential awards contenders like “First Man.”“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened recently in international markets with a monster opening weekend of $150 million. Its release shortly before the start of the FIFA World Cup could have raised eyebrows, but Clark, president...
Clark has been the head of Universal Pictures Intl. since 2011. Based in London, he helped Universal set up an autonomous distribution operation in 2007, in place of the company’s original joint venture with Paramount Pictures.
Between 2008 and 2015, Universal more than doubled its annual take at the overseas box office. With Clark at the helm, it crossed the $2 billion mark in international box office for the first time in 2013; two years later, it became the first studio to rake in more than $4 billion internationally, on the strength of such titles as “Minions,” “Jurassic World,” “Fifty Shade of Grey,” and “Fast and Furious 7.”
International marketing and distribution have been Clark’s specialty for decades. He lived and worked in both New York and Los Angeles before moving back to his native Britain. Clark spent 14 years at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures, first as head of international marketing and then as head of international distribution. During his tenure, he oversaw the release of such hits as “Men in Black,” “Jerry Maguire” and “As Good as It Gets.” Before signing on with Universal, he was a marketing and distribution consultant on Steven Spielberg films “War of the Worlds” and “Munich,” and on James Bond reboot “Casino Royale.”