Magazine article Screen International

UPI Generates $1.43Bn in 2014

Magazine article Screen International

UPI Generates $1.43Bn in 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International's (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.

According to executives, Universal Pictures distributed local language films that delivered more than $246.6m in 2014.

Notable US exports include Lucy, the Scarlett Johansson cyber thriller that grossed $232.1m, rising to $333m including EuropaCorp licensees.

That film swept through large parts of Europe and the rest of the world and went on to became the biggest R-rated release of all time in Russia.The Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors was another key driver, grossing $120.4m to end the year as the biggest US comedy export in Austria, France, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Slovenia, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.Action tale Dracula Untold was also a critical performer for UPI and took $159.6m internationally.However a large part of the story comes from Universal's local language films. …

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