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Text Text The 5 Biggest Hits of the Summer Box Office and the Company that Won Big
Avengers: Age of Ultron Released May 1, the official start of the summer box office Has earned roughly $1.4 billion worldwide on an estimated $250 million production budget U.S. gross of roughly $437 million, the second-highest in 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron Delivered record opening day box office in China, at $33.9 million Worldwide gross of $1.4 billion makes it the second-highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind 2012’s The Avengers at roughly $1.52 billion, and ahead of Iron Man 3 at roughly $1.22 billion 6th highest grossing movie in history In terms of the broader MCU storyline, Avengers: Age of Ultron sets the stage for a showdown between Captain America and Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, which is due to open May 6, 2016
Jurassic World Comcast and Universal’s tentpole action pic opened in U.S. theaters on June 12. It has gone on to earn a staggering $638 million domestically Worldwide gross stands at over $1.6 billion, making it the highest grossing movie of 2015 and the third-highest all time Estimated production budget of $150 million, which would be a bit cheaper than many competing blockbusters and impressive given the visual effects
Jurassic World Jurassic World is a huge franchise-building win for Comcast and Universal and the single most successful film series reboot in history The last movie in the Jurassic universe released in 2001, grossing roughly $370 million worldwide Sequel set for release June 22, 2018, with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning
Inside Out Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out released June 19, and has grossed roughly $640 million worldwide The film’s domestic opening of roughly $90 million was a record performance for new Pixar IP
Inside Out U.S. gross of $330 million is third-highest of the summer, and fourth-highest of 2015 Estimated $175 million production budget Scored a positive rating from 98% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes
Minions Comcast and Universal’s blockbuster animated feature released July 10 and has grossed more than $962 million With a September Chinese release, Minions should move significantly above $1 billion
Straight Outta Compton Comcast and Universal’s Compton released August 14th, and opened to an impressive $60 million The budget of the N.W.A biopic was reportedly just $29 million International performance probably won’t match domestic strength, but the picture looks to enjoy a solid run in America
Straight Outta Compton Straight Outta Compton delivered a higher domestic opening than would-be blockbusters Terminator Genisys, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and Fantastic Four—despite being made on a fraction of the budget
Comcast and Universal Studios Win Big This year, there’s no question that Comcast and Universal Studios won the summer box office, with two pictures crossing the $1 billion mark and Straight Outta Compton outperforming to wind down the season on a great note Comcast’s summer performance becomes even more incredible if you choose to count Furious 7 as the movie that kicked off the blockbuster season. The movie released in America in early April, but didn’t hit other key territories such as China until mid-May, and kept adding meaningful box office bumps into late-June, ultimately grossing some $1.51 billion Comcast and Universal set a new annual box office record at $5.53 billion, just seven months into the year Jurassic World, Minions, and Furious 7 are huge, franchise building hits for the company, and position it to deliver blockbuster $1 billion-plus sequels, while also creating merchandizing opportunities and tie-in potential at Universal Theme Parks All told, Comcast and Universal had a great summer
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