Universal Pictures Passes $5 Billion at the Global Box Office


Universal Pictures rode The Fate of the Furious and Despicable Me 3 to over $5 billion at the global box office

Universal Pictures rode The Fate of the Furious and Despicable Me 3 to over $5 billion at the global box office

Universal Pictures has crossed $5 billion at the global box office. This is the second time this has happened in the studio’s 105-year history. The global total to date is $5.003 billion, including $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Universal Pictures is the only studio in 2017 to achieve two billion-dollar grossers. The studio’s The Fate of the Furious and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 are two of the highest-grossing films at the worldwide box office this year, as well as the two top-grossing international studio releases of 2017.

The Fate of the Furious had the biggest global opening of all time ($542 million) and the biggest international opening ever ($443.2 million). The film has gone on to gross more than $1.23 billion worldwide. Internationally, The Fate of the Furious became only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office, and is the top-grossing foreign film of all-time in China.

Illumination’s animated sequel Despicable Me 3 grossed $1.03 billion worldwide. Illumination films have now collectively made more than $5.7 billion, and the Despicable Me franchise has become the highest-grossing animated film series globally. Illumination claims two films (Minions and Despicable Me 3) that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, a first for any animated franchise.

The horror films SplitGet Out and Happy Death Day marked a collaboration between Blumhouse and Universal. The three films began with micro-budgets and opened No. 1 domestically and grossed more than $630 million at the global box office.

The comedy Girls Trip was the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy in 2017 at the domestic box office and the film brought in more than $135 million globally. The Mummy took in more than $400 million, while the sequel Fifty Shades Darker grossed more than $380 million. A Dog’s Purpose took in close to $200 million globally.

In addition, Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features added to the total with films like Atomic BlondeVictoria & AbdulDarkest Hour and The Beguiled.

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