So Jurassic World well and truly devoured all records this weekend, and a large number of records were broken during this non-holiday weekend release, which saw Dinosaurs run rampant in cinemas and literally destroy previous box office records.
Here in the UK the film was the third biggest weekend opener of all time, with a box office haul of $29.6 million (£19.3 million), it puts the film just behind current record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (£23.67 million) and Skyfall (£20.22 million).
It was Universal’s biggest UK opening, ahead of 50 Shades of Grey (£13.56 million), Universal’s biggest opening including previews, beating Despicable Me 2 (£14.84 million), and it is the biggest UK opening of the year so far, beating The Avengers: Age of Ultron (£18.26 million)
However, last night I reported that there were indications that the film just might surpass The Avengers as the biggest opening film in US box office history, and Jurassic World has done it!
After the weekend totals were tallied, Jurassic World opened in the US with a whopping $208.8 million, topping the previous record set by The Avengers in 2012 which opened with $207.4 million.
Outside of the US, Jurassic World broke records, passing the previous record holding opener Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 2. Potter opened outside the US with a massive $314 million, and Jurassic World beat that with $315.3 million.
Jurassic World is also the first film in history to pass the $500 billion mark in its opening weekend.
Universal debuted the film in 4,274 theaters, the widest release in studio history. Heading into the weekend most analysts predicted that “Jurassic World” would kick off with between $125 million and $135 million. BoxOffice.com Chief Analyst Phil Contrino said that “Jurassic World’s” over-performance is analogous the recent monster openings of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “American Sniper” that dwarfed estimates on the strength of audiences’ reactions.
“This was off the charts big in terms of how it broke out and became must see really fast,” said Contrino. “This is a movie that benefited from a new era of Thursday evening shows, which helped spread a very enthusiastic word of mouth.”
Globally, “Jurassic World” became the first movie to cross $500 million in a single weekend. It debuted to a massive $100 million in China and opened in first place in all 66 international territories where the film was released. Based on that performance, Contrino said the film will cross the $1 billion mark “without even blinking.”
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Judy Greer.
Jurassic World opened in cinemas June 11th 2015.
Twenty-two years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.