Jurassic World sets another record, reaches $1 billion global in 13 days
Jurassic World continues to be a record-setting behemoth at the box office. The weekend’s No. 1 movie needed only 13 days to surpass the $1 billion mark around the globe—four days faster than Furious 7, which set the record earlier this year. (Yes, it’s been a very good year for Universal, the studio that released both films.)
Director Colin Trevorrow’s dinosaur adventure surpassed all expectations when it topped Marvel’s The Avengers‘ all-time domestic opening-weekend record and then held the top spot in its second weekend, with $106.6 million—another record for a film in its second week. Jurassic World is just as big a hit abroad, where it opened as the No. 1 film in more than 60 territories and became the first blockbuster to eclipse $500 million globally in its first frame. (That first-weekend total included more than $100 million in China.)
Though expectations were high for Jurassic World, the first adventure in the franchise since 2001, no one quite predicted this magnitude of success. Many assumed that Avengers: Age of Ultron would dominate the summer and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be the film to beat in 2015. But Jurassic World is currently $85 million ahead of Ultron‘s pace, and might have the legs to give Avatar, the all-time box-office king, a scare. James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic grossed $749.8 million, but had only $212.7 million at the same point of its release as Jurassic World.
After Sunday’s totals were tallied, Jurassic World has grossed $402.8 million in North America (in only 11 days) and $584.4 million overseas (in 13 days). The film will break the billion-dollar mark today.