Fox Breaks Global Box-Office Record With $5.5 Billion in 2014

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” drive studio to all-time industry high

Last Updated: January 5, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Twentieth Century Fox has broken the global box-office record, earning more than $5.5 billion in 2014.

The total eclipses the previous industry record set by Paramount in 2011 by more than $350 million.

“This was a remarkable year for our studio, thanks to the talent of our filmmakers and our teams’ incredible work ethic, devotion and spirit,” said Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution. “We are all very proud of this success, and look forward to an even brighter 2015.”

Internationally, Fox tallied $3.73 billion, shattering the previous industry record by more than $500 million. Fox International has had the highest-grossing box office for all studios for the fourth time in the past six years.

The domestic total was more than $1.79 billion, amounting to the studio’s best year ever and the top domestic box office spot among all studios.

Its highest-grossing films were “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($514 million internationally, $233 million domestically and $748 million worldwide) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($500 million internationally, $209 million domestically, $709 million worldwide).

Respectively, they rank as the the sixth- and eighth-highest grossing Fox movies of all time at the international box-office, and the studio’s ninth- and tenth-highest grossing films of all time, globally.

Fox also got a big boost from the over-performance of “Gone Girl” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” two of eight films that topped the $100 million mark domestically.

The others, besides the “X-Men” and “Planet of the Apes” sequels, are “The Maze Runner,” “Rio 2” and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”

“Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb,” which opened on Christmas Day, is at $90 million and counting.

Thirteen Fox films passed the $100 million mark internationally, with two over $500 million (“X-Men” and “Apes”); two over $300 million (“Dragon 2” and “Rio 2”) and one over $200 million (“Maze Runner”).

Another four titles are expected to crack $200 million before the end of their theatrical runs (“Gone Girl,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”).

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” became writer-director Wes Anderson’s first breakout commercial hit, earning over $115 million at the international box office.