20th Century Fox announced today the studio has broken the global box office record, earning more than $5.5 billion in 2014. This total eclipses by more than $350 million the previous industry record set in 2011.
Commented Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution: “This was a remarkable year for our studio, thanks to the talent of our filmmakers and our teams’ incredible work ethic, devotion and spirit. We are all very proud of this success, and look forward to an even brighter 2015 and beyond.”
Internationally, Fox tallied $3.73 billion, shattering the previous industry record by more than $500 million. Fox International has had the highest-grossing box office for all studios for the fourth time in the past six years.
The domestic total comes in at more than $1.79 billion, amounting to the studio’s best year ever and the top domestic box office spot among all studios.
X-Men: Days of Future Past ($514 million internationally; $233 million domestically; and $748 million worldwide) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($500 million internationally, $209 million domestically, $709 million worldwide), are, respectively, the sixth and eighth highest-grossing Fox pictures of all time at the international box office, and the studio’s ninth and tenth highest-grossing films of all time, globally.
Eight releases in 2014 passed the $100 million mark domestically, including Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Mr. Peabody & Sherman, with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb expected to reach that milestone in the next week.
13 releases passed the $100 million mark internationally, with two over $500 million (“X-Men” and “Apes”); two over $300 million (“Dragon 2” and Rio 2); and one over $200 million (The Maze Runner). Another four titles will crack $200 million before the end of their theatrical runs (Gone Girl, Penguins of Madagascar, Exodus: Gods and Kings and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb).
Rio 2‘s global total came in at $500 million. While How to Train Your Dragon 2 grossed $620 million worldwide, more than $531 million of that worldwide total from all Fox-distributed markets. The Maze Runner tallied more than $340 million globally, Gone Girl‘s worldwide total is over $356 million, and The Fault in Our Stars earned $304 million worldwide.