A little over a year ago, Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson sat alone at a table during the after-party for the premiere of Oliver Stone's "Savages" and somewhat plaintively asked a reporter from TheWrap when the abuse would end.
After years of costly flops including "The Wolfman," "Cowboy & Aliens" and, more recently, "Battleship," Fogelson felt like the media's whipping post.
But a funny thing happened in the days after that premiere. A movie called "Ted" opened to more than $50 million domestically and went on to gross more than $500 million worldwide. Universal has been on a tear ever since, this summer solidifying its 180-degree turn to unexpected box office dominance.
Of the 14 movies Universal has released in that time, eight debuted at No. 1 at the box office in their first weekend in wide release, and the last seven all bowed at No. 1, the most recent being "Despicable Me 2.