Film studio 20th Century Fox movies grossed $5.5 billion in global ticket sales in 2014, breaking the record previously held by Paramount Pictures.
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Fox's domestic total came in at $1.79 billion, which was not a industry record but topped rival studios. It's also Fox's best-ever tally in the U.S. and Canada, not adjusting for inflation, and a significant improvement over the previous three years. The highlights for Fox came as the industry's total revenue ended more than 5% lower than in 2013.
Internationally, the company set a new industry benchmark with $3.73 billion.
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Eight movies distributed by Fox took in more than $100 million or more domestically, including "Gone Girl," "The Maze Runner" and "The Fault in Our Stars."
Some of the studio's big-budget projects didn't fare as well stateside.