Back in 1993, Jurassic Park became the first film ever to open to more than $50 million. Now, Jurassic World has brought us back to Isla Nublar and broken a few box office records of its own: Chris Pratt and the leaping lizards earned $511.8 million worldwide, becoming the first movie ever to make more than $500 million in a weekend.
Not only did Jurassic World score some incredible global numbers, but Colin Trevorrow’s film debuted to $204.6 million domestically this weekend, making it the second biggest domestic opening of all time and outstripping expectations by more than $80 million. It’s only the second film ever to make more than $200 million in its opening weekend, and Jurassic World falls only a few million behind Marvel’s ensemble superhero adventure The Avengers, which holds the current box office record of $207.4 million. (It’s important to note that Jurassic World’s numbers are only an estimate right now; the studio will release final weekend numbers on Monday.)
Jurassic World already had been expected to score the biggest June opening of all time (way above Man of Steel’s record $116.6 million), but it also earned the biggest debut of the year, beating Avengers: Age of Ultron, which (only?) brought in $191.3 million when it opened in May. Jurassic World also earned a whopping $82.8 million on Friday, giving it the third biggest opening day of all time.
Opening in 4,273 theaters, Jurassic World is Universal Pictures’ widest release ever, and it outstripped Furious 7, which previously held the record for Universal’s biggest debut with $147.2 million. Jurassic World also had huge success in 3D, with about 48 percent of its domestic total coming from 3D screens, making it the highest-grossing domestic debut ever for RealD. Additionally, the film broke IMAX records, bringing in more than $20.6 million on IMAX screens this weekend and breaking the previous domestic weekend opening set by The Dark Knight Rises ($19 million).
For the past three weekends, box office totals had been down from last year, but Jurassic World’s success gives a much-needed jolt to a slow summer. As the only major opening this weekend, Jurassic World brought this weekend’s box office total up about 50 percent over last year. The other films in the top five performed largely as expected, with Melissa McCarthy’s Spy dropping to second place. Entourage plummeted to sixth place, only bringing in $4.3 million in its second weekend.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:
1. Jurassic World — $204.6 million
2. Spy — $16 million
3. San Andreas — $11 million
4. Insidious Chapter 3 — $7.3 million
5. Pitch Perfect 2 — $6 million