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Universal Loves 'Lucy'

4 May, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel


Studio ups revenue, income led by Scarlett Johansson thriller 'Lucy'


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment helped increase Universal Studios first-quarter (ended March 31) operating income 1.7% to $293 million, from $288 million during the prior-year period.

Top-selling home entertainment releases included thriller Lucy with Scarlett Johansson, which has sold $24.3 million in discs, including $12.4 million in Blu-ray since its Jan. 20 release; Dumb and Dumber To, which has sold $11.9 million in discs, including $7.2 million on DVD since its Feb. 17 release; and Dracula Untold, which has sold $16.1 million on disc, including $8.9 million on DVD since its Feb. 3 release, according to The-Numbers.com.

The studio’s bottom line was impacted by lower theatrical revenue and increased marketing expenses ahead of the April 3 release of Furious 7. The latest installment in the action franchise has generated more than $1.4 billion at the global box office, including $330 million domestically.

The movie hasn’t yet been released into home entertainment channels.

Total Universal Studios revenue increased 7% to $1.4 billion.

 


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