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NBCUniversal's third-quarter profit jumps 17%, thanks to blockbuster movies and theme parks

NBCUniversal's third-quarter profit jumps 17%, thanks to blockbuster movies and theme parks

NBCUniversal proved that it's no dinosaur.

Amid a fast-evolving media landscape, the Comcast Corp.-owned entertainment company dodged a few asteroids to deliver 17% higher profits in the third quarter, driven by the Universal Pictures blockbusters "Jurassic World" and "Minions" and sustained growth at its theme parks.

"This is the first time any studio has had three films cross the $1-billion mark in worldwide theatrical receipts in the same year," Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts told Wall Street analysts Tuesday morning during a conference call to discuss Comcast earnings.

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