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Universal Pictures passes $2 billion in global box office in 2013

Aided by blockbusters "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2," Universal Pictures crossed the $2-billion mark in international box-office receipts for 2013, a first for the movie studio.

As of Wednesday morning, the studio's international take was $2.002 billion. In 2012, the studio had total international box-office receipts of $1.794 billion. "Fast & Furious 6" took in $549 million globally while "Despicable Me 2" collected $485 million.

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Universal, whose parent, NBCUniversal, is owned by cable giant Comcast Corp., crossed the $2-billion mark a little more than a week after the studio initiated a dramatic reshuffling of its executive ranks, forcing out Chairman Adam Fogelson.

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NBCUniversal television executive Jeff Shell was named Universal's top film executive as chairman of the newly created Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Ron Meyer, president of Universal Studios since 1995, was named vice chairman of NBCUniversal. As part of the overhaul, Universal Pictures co-Chairman Donna Langley was promoted to chairman. 
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Universal's $2-billion-plus international tally was also aided by the strong performances of "Les Misérables," "Mama," "Identity Thief" and "Oblivion."

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Universal crossed the $1-billion threshold May 31, earlier than ever before.

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