So in the world of film Olympics, does that make Universal the Michael Phelps of film? Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the groundbreaking studio who has released such never-ending classics as The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas, Childs Play 3, Repo Man, and the greatest movie ever made, Howard The Duck. Congrats dude’s y’all done stole America’s hearts, AND money! No but seriously, Universal Studios has actually made some of the best films ever. And in terms of Olympic spirit, let’s give a REAL round applause for these cats. No, not THESE cats, silly. Well, ok those cats too.
Universal Pictures announced today that the studio has reached the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, three months earlier than at any time in history. The previous record was set during the weekend of November 7, 2008 with films that included Mamma Mia!, The Incredible Hulk, Wanted and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. This will be the seventh time Universal has reached this milestone. With five films yet to be released in 2012, the studio is on track to have its highest-grossing year ever at the domestic box office, a record also set in 2008.
Other Facts of Note:
Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was the highest opening for an animated film in 2012 ($70.2 million) and the highest-opening film for Universal this year.
As the breakout comedy hit of the summer, Ted set a new record for the highest opening for an original R-rated comedy in history ($54.4 million) and is well on its way to becoming one of the all-time highest-grossing R-rated comedies ever.
The studio’s February hit Safe House was Denzel Washington’s second biggest opening of his career and his second highest-grossing film ever.
Universal Pictures International passed $1 billion at the overseas box office on July 17, also setting a new studio record.
This week, Universal will release the next chapter in the studio’s hugely popular espionage franchise, The Bourne Legacy. In October comes the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect, and the action-thriller The Man With the Iron Fists arrives in November. Universal will close out 2012 with two films in December: Les Misérables, the motion-picture adaptation of the global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the world, and This Is 40, the latest comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow.
By Richard Pepper
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