So far, it’s been a pretty good year for Universal. In fact, thanks to the strong opening of Jurassic World since Wednesday (internationally), it’s now turned into a record-breaking year for the studio. Because thanks to their blockbusters' colossal receipts, the studio has reached the $2 billion international box office mark in record time.
According to Box Office Mojo, on Wednesday Jurassic World opened to $24.5 million in China, France, and six other territories. China was mostly responsible for this hugely impressive intake, as it accounted for $17 million of the total. Because of this sensational start, Jurassic World is currently predicted to open to $125 million at the domestic box office, while its international receipts should see this figure more than double.
But while Jurassic World is likely to get most of the plaudits for pushing Universal over the edge of this momentous milestone, most of the credit belongs to the Fast & Furious boys. Furious 7 accounts for $1.16 billion of Universal’s $2 billion international intake, while the seventh installment to the rollicking blockbuster managed to cross the $1 billion threshold worldwide in just 17 days. Which was a record itself. That’s not all, though, because Furious 7 was also the highest-grossing film in Chinese history, where it amassed $390.8 million, and it is currently the third-highest-grossing film ever at the international box office.
Credit also needs to go to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which became Universal’s highest grossing R-rated film ever all the way back in February. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s sexy exploits pocketed $403 million abroad for the studio, while Pitch Perfect 2 has so far taken in $163 million domestically, and still has 12 more markets left to hit.
Thanks to Universal’s impressive slate of movies, they have hit $2 billion faster than 20th Century Fox did back in 2010, which was the previous holder for this milestone. Fox hit $2 billion by June 15 of that year thanks to the hauls of Avatar, Alvin and the Chimpunks: The Squeakquel, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, and Tooth Fairy. But mostly Avatar.
What’s most exciting for the good folks over at Universal is that the three films that have led them to this huge number each still have huge franchise potential. Furious 8 already is in development, and you can see Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, et al continuing with new installments until they’re in their 90s, as long as the public still pines for them. Fifty Shades Of Grey 2 is planned, as long as they finalize deals for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson to return. Meanwhile, there’s already talk of Jurassic World blossoming into its very own franchise, as well. And if it is as successful as it looks like it will be, numerous follow-ups will simply be a formality.