By Anita Busch
Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history. Univeral reports that this is also “the fastest a studio has reached this milestone in 2017.”
The breakdown? $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791B internationally. The Fate Of The Furious, released April 14, ended up with the biggest global opening of all time at $542M as well as the biggest international opening ever with $443.2M. The film went onto gross more than $1.2B worldwide. Internationally, the film became only the sixth in history to cross $1B at the international box office, and stands as the highest-grossing foreign film of all time in China.
Despicable Me 3 crossed $200M at the domestic box office and $500M at the international box office last week and is still doing well. It grossed a better than expected $50.5M this weekend abroad to bring its global cume to $732.5M. The animated family film had the biggest opening day and weekend of all time for an animated film in China.
There are other grossers for the studio that helped to push them over the $4B mark. One was The Mummy, which has grossed $392.5M worldwide and has basically completed its run with only Japan left to bow on July 28. It took in $1M over the weekend internationally from the 54 markets where it is still playing. Another is Illumination’s Sing, which has amassed $632.3M worldwide; the animated family favorite was released in December but had significant grosses this year that played into the overall global take.
Other top worldwide grossers for Universal this year were Fifty Shades Darker ($380.2M worldwide), the breakout hit Get Out ($252.6M worldwide) and the James McAvoy-starring Split ($277.8M worldwide).
The studio also noted in making the announcement this morning that it has been No. 1 at the domestic box office for eight weekends; the international box office for eight weekends; and the worldwide box office for six weekends.