20th Century Fox announced today that they have broken a global box office record with the studio's films taking in $5.5 billion in 2014. The worldwide total broke Paramount's record set in 2011 by more than $350 million. Here's what Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox, had to say in a joint statement.
"This was a remarkable year for our studio, thanks to the talent of our filmmakers and our teams' incredible work ethic, devotion and spirit. We are all very proud of this success, and look forward to an even brighter 2015."
The studio also broke another record with their $3.73 billion international total, surpassing the previous industry record by over $500 million. Fox International has now had the highest-grossing box office for all studios for the fourth time in the past six years. 20th Century Fox earned $1.79 billion domestically, the studio's best year ever which also ranked as the highest domestic gross for all studios. The studio's top two 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). Those titles are now, respectively, the sixth and eighth highest international releases of all time for the studio, and the ninth and tenth highest releases globally.
20th Century Fox had eight films that crossed the $100 million mark domestically, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Rio 2. The studio's latest release, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, has currently made $89.8 million, and should top $100 million next week. Internationally, the studio had 13 films cross the $100 million mark, with four more movies, Gone Girl, Penguins of Madagascar, Exodus: Gods and Kings and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, expected to cross $200 million internationally after their theatrical runs are complete.