5 Films That Took Universal to a Record Year Abroad
When Steven Spielberg spoke earlier this summer at the University of Southern California about the precarious nature of the modern Hollywood studio system, a lot of onlookers took notice. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm,” Spielberg told students. But at least one studio didn’t feel the heat, instead having its best year ever at the international box office.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Universal Pictures International, Comcast Corp.’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) international film distributor subsidiary, has grossed $1.8 billion at the international box office as of Tuesday. That number makes it the most successful year ever aboard, bolstered by the success of huge hits Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2, as well as slightly less lucrative films Les Misérables, Oblivion, and Mama.
So how did these films perform internationally and how did it compare to its domestic gross? Here are Universal Pictures’s top 5 international grossing films.