Universal Pictures has had something of a bellwether year at the 2015 box office, and it poised to cross a sizable threshold in record time.
According to Variety, Universal is on track to earn over $2 billion at the domestic box office this year faster than any other studio, and should do so by the end of the day today. This will make it the fastest studio to reach this threshold in history, as the previous record-holder, Warner Bros., reached it by Christmas Day of 2009. Universal is also poised to break the record for all-time domestic box office high, which was also set by Warner Bros. in 2009 with a total of $2.1 billion.
Much of Universal’s success revolves around a few core and key performers this year. April’s Furious 7 directed by James Wan set a series of box office records before going on to gross over $350 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. In June, the studio released the highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World, which has grossed an astonishing $637 million domestically, and nearly $1.6 billion worldwide. Minions, which bowed in July, has earned $309 million domestically, and over $920 million worldwide, while this weekend has seen the N.W.A. music biopic Straight Outta Compton perform at much higher levels than expected, where it’s anticipated to take in $57 million on its opening weekend.
Jurassic World, Furious 7, and Minions also make up three of Universal’s best-performing films ever released, with Jurassic World having become the single highest grossing film in the studio’s entire 100-plus years history. All in all, Universal has had a very impressive 2015 at the box office, earlier this month having set a global box office record in grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide in a single year.
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