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FOX Studios has struggled in the past to compete with many of the other big studios including Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. But this year, they stepped up their game, and came out on top, leading the industry in ticket sales. And not only did they prove their dominance, but also FOX movies broke the industry record for global ticket sales.

According to The Hollywood Reporter FOX movies generated $5.5 billion in global ticket sales. It marks one of very few times that revenue has hit over the $5 billion mark. And not only that, but FOX’s revenue broke the industry record that was last set in 2011 with $5.17 billion.

Domestically, the studio did very well too, with the highest gross of $1.79 billion. The next closest grossing revenue was Disney with $1.619 billion. This is an impressive stat considering the decline in box office revenue this year. People in North America just aren’t going to the movies as much anymore, and 2014 was the lowest number of attendance in the past 20 years. But, FOX has always been one of the market leaders internationally. So it makes sense that they would come out on top with a downturn at the box office domestically. Internationally they bested the previous industry record by more than $500 million.

The bulk of that revenue comes from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Worldwide the film made $748 million this past summer, which was the highest revenue the franchise has ever seen. In close second came Dawn of the Planet of the Apes bringing in $709 million. They also had many unexpected successes which helped bring FOX out on top. For example, The Fault in Our Stars had only cost $12 million to make, so when it brought in over $300 million in revenue, it became one of the most profitable titles of the year. Other films such as Gone Girl and The Maze Runner exceeded expectations for the studio as well.

So what exactly did FOX do right? Well, even just taking a look at their top performing films of the year, you can tell that they had a very diverse mix. From science-fiction to drama to superhero, their films attracted a wide variety of viewers. And specifically, big action-heavy or CGI films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are exactly the types of films people want, nay, need, to see on a big screen, whether it be in IMAX or 3D, people are going to the theaters specifically for those big screen thrillers. And this year is bound to bring in some bank as well, especially with films like The Fantastic Four, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (those annoying rodents alway do extremely well in the box office).

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