“X-Men,” “Rio 2″ and “Fault in Our Stars” drive studio to milestone in near-record time
Twentieth Century Fox has become the first studio to cross the $3 billion mark in worldwide box office grosses this year, the studio said Thursday.
This milestone was reached in near record time, second only to 2010, when Fox crossed that number on June 30. It comes on the heels of Fox being the first studio to gross $1 billion dollars in domestic box office for the year, on July 13. Internationally, Fox crossed the $2 billion mark on July 16 — the first studio to reach this milestone in 2014 and a record sixth consecutive year and the eighth time in the company’s history.
Each of Fox’s production divisions have delivered.
Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has earned more than $168 million worldwide since opening in March.
In May came “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which has become the highest-grossing picture in that franchise, amassing more than $735 million globally. Last week, it became the ninth title in the studio’s history to exceed $700 million worldwide.
In June, the studio released Fox 2000’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” which had a $12 million production budget and has grossed a jaw-dropping $243 million worldwide. That same month, Fox released “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the animated family film from DreamWorks Animation, which has earned over $366 million in worldwide box office, with many international markets yet to open.
Last weekend, Fox opened “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which opened to $104 million global tally, including an impressive $72.6 million domestically. The film took the No. 1 market share position in 26 countries and has grossed $132 million to date on the way to its second weekend in release.