‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Star Wars’ Propel Universal and Disney to Record Grosses

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We already knew that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” would help propel Disney past a $5 billion worldwide box office gross for the first time in its history. But now that 2015 is over, just how past that mark did the studio fly?

According to Variety, Disney earned $5.85 billion, behind Universal Pictures’ $6.89 billion. Those both exceed the record $5.5 billion set in 2014 by Fox.

“Jurassic World” was responsible for $1.67 billion of Universal’s global haul, while “The Force Awakens” accounted for $1.33 billion of Disney’s. Five of Disney’s 2015 releases grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

Market research firm Rentrak reports the global box office topped $38 billion last year for the first time in history, with five films — “Jurassic World,” “The Force Awakens,” “Age of Ultron, “Furious 7” and “Minions” — each exceeding $1 billion in ticket sales.