Magazine article Screen International

Uni Crosses $2Bn at International Box Office in Record Time

Magazine article Screen International

Uni Crosses $2Bn at International Box Office in Record Time

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Until today Fox International reigned as the fastest studio to cross $2bn after it achieved the feat on June 15, 2010.

Now the spoils have gone to UPI thanks to a turbo-charged first half of the year that has seen an extraordinary $1.16bn haul from Universal's biggest hit Fast & Furious 7, $403.6m from the studio's biggest R-rated release Fifty Shades Of Grey and $90m and counting from Pitch Perfect 2.

And executives expect to improve considerably on the running total as they look to the summer and beyond.

Jurassic World is in the infancy of an international run that kicks offday-and-date with North America in 66 territories this weekend and has already generated $24.5m from a handful of locales on Wednesday.

Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 featuring MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg will begin to roll out in late June and there will be high hopes the R-rated comedy can beat the $330m final gross of the 2012 original.

July also brings Despicable Me spin-offMinions - Despicable Me 2 earned $602m in 2013 - and the late season period sees launches for two unproven commodities: Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck and N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. …

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