Universal Pictures International has announced they have hit $1 billion at the overseas box office, setting a new company record for how quickly they achieved that amount, previously set last year on July 17, 2012. This year is the seventh year in a row where Universal hit the $1 billion mark internationally.
This year’s Universal offerings that have helped bring them closer to the billion mark include the musical Les Misérables ($238.9 million), the horror film Mama ($74.9 million), the comedy Identity Thief ($39.8 million) and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion ($180.4 million). The recently released Fast & Furious 6 helped push them over that mark with nearly $259.4 million grossed so far in international box office.
They still have many other potential hits including the anticipated Despicable Me 2, which could help Universal beat last year’s international take of $1.794 billion.
Here is the full press release:
Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio has reached $1 billion at the international box office. This is the earliest the studio has reached that milestone in history, besting a previous record set on July 17, 2012 through the performance of such global hits as Dr. Seuss The Lorax, American Reunion, Snow White and the Huntsman and Ted. 2013 marks the seventh year in a row that Universal has reached $1 billion internationally. In 2012, the studio enjoyed its highest grossing year at the international box office with $1.794 billion in total grosses.
Universals early success in 2013 has been fueled by a winning slate of diverse films across multiple genres including Les Misérables ($238.9 million), Mama ($74.9 million), Identity Thief ($39.8 million) and Oblivion ($180.4 million). Fast & Furious 6 pushed the international grosses over $1 billion with its record breaking opening last weekend and terrific midweek performance. In just over a week, Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $259.4 million at the international box office.
There is still much to look forward to in 2013 with Fast & Furious 6 opening in six more international markets; the first micro-budget film under the studios production partnership with Jason Blum, The Purge; Chris Meledandri and Illumination Entertainments 3D-CG comedy adventure Despicable Me 2; the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds; the third installment of director Edgar Wrights trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The Worlds End; the new chapter of the action-comedy Kick-Ass 2 from director Jeff Wadlow; a romantic comedy from Working Title and writer/director Richard Curtis,About Time; the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy from writer, director and producer Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man Holiday and the epic 3D feature starring Keanu Reeves in his explosive return to the action-adventure genre, 47 Ronin.