[Movies] Universal Pictures Hits $2 Billion at The International Box Office For The First Time Ever
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.18.2013
A big deal...
Coming Soon reports that Universal Pictures International has announced that with yesterday's box office numbers, the studio has passed $2 billion in international box office for the first time ever in its 101-year history. Earlier this year, it broke the record for the fastest climb to $1 billion and broke its 2012 record for highest box office ever, which was $1.794 billion.
The success was helped by Les Miserables ($293 million), Mama ($76.1 million), Oblivion ($197.2 million), Fast & Furious 6 ($549.3 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($485.4 million). The latter two are the second and third highest grossing films of the year, respectively. Despicable Me 2 is the highest grossing animated film of the year.
Here are some highlights for this year:
- Universal Pictures films were on top of worldwide box ofiice on six weekends, including Oblivion debuting at #1, Fast 6 at #1 twice and Despicable Me 2 at #1 for three weeks.
- Fast & Furious 6 opened at #1 in 65 territories and was the biggest opening for the studio of all time in 41 markets. It also gave the studio its highest opening weekend ever in international box office. It's the second highest-grossing film of the year and the second highest-grossing film of all time behind Jurassic Park.
- Despicable Me 2 opened at #1 in 46 territories and is Universal's highest-grossing film of all time in sixteen of those markets. It's the highest-grossing film of the year in France, Mexico, the U.K. and Venezuela.
- Les Miserables is the second highest-grossing musical overseas and worldwide behind Universal's own Mamma Mia.
- Oblivion opened at #1 in 49 territories and is Tom Cruise's biggest opening in Russia and Indonesia.
For Universal, 2013 still includes the release of About Time (from writer and director Richard Curtis) and 47 Ronin, which stars Keanu Reeves. UPI will also release eleven more films in select territories through the end of the year, including The Wolf of Wall Street (directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio) in nine markets.