Universal Pictures International announced that the studio has crossed the $2 billion at the overseas box office for the first time in studio history. Here’s the full announcement:
Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that with yesterdays box office grosses, the studio has passed $2 billion at the international box office for the first time in its 101-year history. Earlier this year, UPI broke its record for the fastest climb to $1 billion at the box office and shattered its 2012 record for the highest box office ever, which was $1.794 billion.
The success overseas has been fueled by a string of box office hits across multiple genres including Les Misérables ($293 million), Mama ($76.1 million), Oblivion ($197.2 million), Fast & Furious 6 ($549.3 million), and Despicable Me 2 ($485.4 million). Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2 are the second and third highest grossing films at the international box office this year, respectively. Despicable Me 2 is the highest grossing animated film of 2013.
2013 international highlights include:
There is still much to look forward to in 2013 including the continued international rollout of About Time, a comedy from writer and director Richard Curtis and the epic 3D feature starring Keanu Reeves in his explosive return to the action-adventure genre, 47 Ronin. UPI will also release 11 films in select territories through the end of the year, including The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Academy Award®-winner Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, in nine markets.