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Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Sets Record For Biggest Worldwide Debut Ever With $511 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Sets Record For Biggest Worldwide Debut Ever With $511 Million Opening Weekend

Update 6/15: “Jurassic World” has earned $209 million domestic, making it the biggest opening of all time. Bow down.

While critics and fanboys were mixed on “Jurassic World,” that didn’t stop audiences for one moment. Colin Trevorrow‘s dinosaur blockbuster took a huge bite out of the box office with a $204.6 million domestic take, making it the second biggest Friday to Sunday opening in history, sandwiched between “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” And those numbers helped make the worldwide haul of $511 million the biggest debut of all time, passing the previous record of $494 million by “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II.” And did ticket buyers like it? You bet they did. They gave the movie a solid A Cinemascore, which bodes very well for “Jurassic World” having some strong legs for the rest of the summer.

READ MORE: Review: ‘Jurassic World’ Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, And Ty Simpkins

It doesn’t need to be said, but the numbers are simply huge any way you look it. Domestically, “Jurassic World” beat the opening weekends of all three previous movies in the franchise combined. Nearly half of the domestic total came from 3D screenings, with another 10% from IMAX, and frankly, rival studios were right to stay very, very far away from the movie, which Universal opened to no competition from the other majors. The demographics are interesting too. 61% of ticket buyers were over 25-years-old, with a nearly even split between men and women. Lastly, Universal’s accountants are staying busy — the studio has crossed both $1 billion domestically and $3 billion worldwide in 2015, the fastest any studio has nailed those benchmarks in history.

READ MORE: Interview: Colin Trevorrow Talks ‘Jurassic World,’ Sequels, Spielberg’s Support, Nostalgia, Ruining Your Childhood & More

This marks another big blockbuster success for Chris Pratt, though it still puts him in an unknown position. Is he a certified new superstar, or just lucky enough to lead movies that are part of an already established brand? Maybe it’s time for director Colin Trevorrow to be given a hand for taking a monumental leap from indie movie to tentpole picture, executing it with skill to spare (I’d argue “Jurassic World” is better directed than ‘Ultron’ by a mile) and delivering a hugely crowd-pleasing experience.

Not surprisingly, the rest of the box office was pretty quiet with everyone lining up for more dino-action. “Mad Max: Fury Road” quietly upped its domestic total to $138.6 million, with the movie becoming the best performing R-rated action flick since “300.” And it’s certainly a much better action movie too.

Elsewhere, the tale of this weekend are movies dropping pretty hard. Perhaps the biggest falloff is “Insidious 3,” which saw a nearly 68% drop from its opening weekend, though that kind of figure isn’t totally uncommon for horror pictures. Nearly 58% less Axe-scented bros went to see the bros in “Entourage” get their bro game going, while similar numbers declined to see Dwayne Johnson body slam earthquakes in “San Andreas.”

Meanwhile, in limited release, Sundance charmer “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” scored $69,254 from fifteen theaters, for a per-screen average of $4,617. Check out the full top ten below.

1. Jurassic World — $204.6 million
2. Spy — $16 million ($56.9 mil.)
3. San Andreas — $11 million ($119.3 mil.)
4. Insidious: Chapter 3 — $7.3 million ($37.3 mil.)
5. Pitch Perfect 2 — $6 million ($170 mil.)
6. Entourage — $4.3 million ($25.8 mil.)
7. Mad Max: Fury Road — $4.1 million ($138.6 mil.)
8. Avengers: Age Of Ultron — $3.6 million ($444.7 mil.)
9. Tomorrowland — $3.4 million ($83.6 mil.)
10. Love & Mercy — $1.5 million ($4.5 mil.)

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What an awful movie. I don’t know where to begin. Only Pratt and Howard could seem to bring the C work script and make it serviceable because of their acting talent. Colin Trevorrow what a hack. The studio never should have given this inexperienced director whose previous picture was half million dollar comedy. He should study Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and James Cameron’s Aliens to understand how to build tension and direct action. The movie had serious pacing issues and boredom would set in half way through every short and poorly staged action scene. The writing was awful garbage with stupid plot twist after stupid plot twist. The ending was underwhelming and stupid. I pretty sure a T-Rex wouldn’t form an alliance with a raptor and nod after a dinosaur boxing match. Stupid! The Pterodactyl scenes were poorly done ending with a cruel and needless death scene of an innocent and defenseless woman meeting a horrible demise. When I comparing the Pterodactyl scenes to Jurassic Park 3, there is simply no comparison, which is especially bad when comparing them to a movie made in 2001. In fact, every Jurassic Park movie is significantly better than this awful movie. I would rank this far below Jurassic Park 2. Hopefully on the next movie, the studio can hire a better director (I hear he’s not coming back) and better writers who don’t completely suck at constructing actions scenes and writing dialogue.


"Time for an update" Read the first graph.


Time for an update. Universal claims they’ve now made 208.8 mil which makes it the biggest national opening ever. And they boosted their global box office from 511 to 524 million.


I call it Jurassic park meets the Andromeda Strain. Where as in one story, scientists and Earth’s natural defenses destroyed an alien parasite killer. Real Dinosaurs destroyed the alien dinosaur that had been created by human arrogance. Looks like they used more of Michael Crichton’s writing and books in this movie and I spotted them right away. Cleaver on the film makers part.


Saw the movie on Friday. Went with low expectations. One of the most genuine crowd pleasing film. Hugely entertaining. Forget the flaws, trust me, when *——-* appeared on the screen and got a bad ass hero moment, the whole theatre erupted.

Superb job, Colin, superb.

jesse wylie

but, but, but the n.y. times didn’t like it very much . . . kudos to colin trevorrow. in general, good indie flicks are "better" put together than the average studio flick, so i’m happy to see spielberg let trevorrow run with this.

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