Universal has plenty of reasons to celebrate even though R.I.P.D. landed with a thud this weekend. The studio announced today that it has "set a new record for its fastest climb to $1 billion at the North American box office." 2013 marks the 8th time that Universal has reached the coveted plateau.
2013 highlights, as reported by Universal:
· Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 is the third highest grossing film of 2013 domestically and the highest grossing animated film of 2013. The film scored the biggest five day opening for an animated film in North American history.
· Fast & Furious 6 set a new record as Universal's biggest domestic opening of all time with $117 million over four days. With a worldwide cumulative gross of $712.5 million, Fast & Furious has become Universal's highest grossing franchise ever.
· The Purge, Universal's first microbudget film with Jason Blum under the studio's production deal with his Blumhouse Productions banner, made $34.1 million its opening weekend - more than 10 times its production budget and has gone on to gross more than $64.1 million domestically and $77.5 million worldwide with several overseas markets yet to open.
· Tom Cruise's Oblivion marked his second highest opening in his film career outside of the Mission: Impossible franchise ($37.1 million) and has grossed a solid $89.1 million domestically and $286.1 million worldwide.
· Identity Thief scored one of the top five openings of all time for an original R-rated comedy ($34.6 million) and has grossed $134.5 million domestically and $175.1 million worldwide.
· The low-budget supernatural thriller Mama grossed $71.6 million at the North American box office and marked the second year in a row that Universal has been on No. 1 on MLK weekend. Mama has grossed $147.7 million worldwide.
There is still much to look forward to in 2013 including 2 Guns, the explosive action film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; the new chapter of the action-comedy Kick-Ass 2 from director Jeff Wadlow; Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga from star/producer Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy; Rush, the spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970's rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda from director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan; a romantic comedy from Working Title and writer/director Richard Curtis, About Time; the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy from writer, director and producer Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man Holiday; the epic 3D feature starring Keanu Reeves in his explosive return to the action-adventure genre, 47 Ronin; and in limited release, the latest from director Peter Berg, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana.