A fantastic year for Universal has only gotten better after the news today that Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office!
The feat makes Jurassic World just the fourth movie to make $1 billion internationally, joining Avatar ($2.027 billion), Titanic ($1.528 billion) and Furious 7 ($1,162 billion).
Following the news that the film had cracked the $1 billion mark, Duncan Clark, the President of distribution for Universal Pictures, had this to say:
"When we opened the film, we never expected to get to $1 billion but we knew we had the goods along with tremendous support from marketing and filmmakers who gave us everything. It became a movie for teens and the entire family in every country."
In addition to this news, in 2015 Universal Studios also became the first studio to ever have three films reach $1 billion in worldwide box office grosses in one year with Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Minions. Universal also noted on Sunday that they crossed over $6 billion in box office receipts, smashing the industry record for worldwide grosses in a year. The studio made $3.886 billion internationally, and $2.157 billion in the US.
With Jurassic World's massive achievements, it seems like the sequel that Universal has slated for a 2018 release may not be the end of the line for the Jurassic Park/World franchise.
Universal has The Visit, Everest, Steve Jobs, Crimson Peak, By the Sea and Christmas horror-comedy Krampus still to be released on their 2015 slate.
The Jurassic World sequel, which will see both Christ Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles, will be released in cinemas on June 22, 2018.