Universal will be the first studio ever to have three films hit $1 billion worldwide in the same year

There’s nearly five months left of releases in 2015, but it’s likely within a week Universal will shatter the record for the highest grossing year for a studio as it nears $US5.5 billion in global box office.

According to The Wrap, Universal will speed past the record 20th Century Fox set last year thanks to three global hits — “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and “Minions.”

“Furious” and “World” are both past the $US1 billion worldwide gross mark and “Minions” should hit the milestone when it debuts in China in September.

That makes Universal the first studio ever to have three films hit the $US1 billion worldwide mark, according to The Wrap.

“Their record shows how important content is, but also the release strategy, the dating, marketing,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box office tracker Rentrak, told TheWrap. “If you were going to create a playbook for studios, you could base it on the year they’re having.”

Along with “Jurassic World” ($US1.55 billion), “Furious 7” ($US1.51 billion) and “Minions” ($US855 million), Universal also has “Fifty Shades of Grey” ($US570 million) in the top 10 worldwide grosses of the year.

Overall, 2015 is on pace to be the largest-grossing year ever at the US box office, according to The Wrap, with more than $US11 billion.

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