According to Coming Soon, Universal Pictures has now surpassed $3.8 billion, which is the most the studio has ever earned in one year. In 2013 Universal earned $3.691 billion, but keep in mind that we are only halfway through the year. Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell said: “This has been a fantastic year for our studio, as we’ve had the privilege of releasing some of the most highly- anticipated films of 2015. Together with my partners Ron Meyer and Donna Langley, I’m incredibly proud to lead a team of people at Universal who are the truly best in the business.”
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley added: “We are fortunate to be in business with some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry today. Together with our Universal team, we’re thrilled to celebrate a slate of fantastic films that audiences have embraced all over the globe. From production to marketing and publicity, music, and the front lines of distribution, it is that passion, commitment and hard work that makes an achievement like this possible.”
Here are some of the records broken in 2015:
– Universal has hit a $1 billion at the domestic box office faster than any other in history. It’s also the fastest to reach $2 billion internationally and $3 billion worldwide.
– Highest opening ever domestic ($208.8 million), international ($316.8 million) and worldwide ($525.6 million) with Jurassic World, which is the first time a film has opened to $500 million or more ever.
– It has the highest-grossing second weekend in domestic box office ($106.6 million) and highest second weekend internationally ($163.4 million) with Jurassic World.
– Furious 7 is the fourth-highest grossing film of all time worldwide, behind Avatar,Titanic and The Avengers. It’s the third-highest grossing film internationally behindAvatar and Titanic.
– Universal’s films were at #1 worldwide for eight weeks, more than any other studio this year.
– Four films for the studio have opened at #1 domestically, including Fifty Shades of Grey,Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2 and Jurassic World. This is a total of nine weeks on top, more than any other studio.
– Universal had four of the top seven domestic openings this year with #1 Jurassic World ($208.8 million), #3 Furious 7 ($147.2 million), #6 Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.2 million) and #7 Pitch Perfect 2 ($69.2 million). It also has the highest domestic openings ever for the months of February (Fifty Shades), April (Furious 7) and June (Jurassic World).
– Jurassic World has the highest rise to $1 billion ever with 13 days.
– Fifty Shades of Grey is the studio’s highest-grossing R-rated film ever, their highest-grossing February weekend ever, the highest Valentine’s Day weekend opening ever and the highest grossing opening for a female director (Sam Taylor-Johnson).
– Pitch Perfect 2 is the highest-grossing musical opening and the second-highest-grossing PG-13 comedy opening ever.
The studio isn’t done yet, as it still has Ted 2, Minions, Trainwreck, Straight Outta Compton, The Visit, Everest, Steve Jobs, Crimson Peak, Jem and the Holograms, By The Sea, Krampus and Sisters. Everest will now have a IMAX 3D and large-format 3D exclusive release date of September 18 (its original release date) before opening wide in 2D and 3D on September 25.