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Universal Pictures sets record year with $5.53bn at global box office

Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Minions have helped propel the studio to record-breaking year, only seven months in to 2015.
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Universal Pictures is celebrating the highest-grossing year ever for a Hollywood studio, having taken $5.53 billion at the global box office.

In only seven months, the studio has hit the milestone total knocking Fox off its perch as the previous record-holder with $5.52 billion, a feat accomplished in 2014.

The triumph has been fuelled by the success of Universal’s 2015 slate including the likes of Jurassic World ($1.56 billion), Furious 7 ($1.51 billion) and Minions ($856.9 million) while other stand outs include Fifty Shades of Grey ($569.7 million and Pitch Perfect 2 ($283 million).

“At Universal we are fortunate to have the best team in the business,” said Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

“This tremendous success is a result of continued strategic decision-making from our production, marketing and distribution teams, along with strong dating choices.

“I’m tremendously proud of the success we have been able to achieve together.”

Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, added: “We are in business with some of the most talented people in the industry and the success of our slate this year is a testament to the creativity and vision of our filmmakers.

“With five months remaining in 2015 and ten films still to come, we look forward to celebrating even more record-breaking milestones.”

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