Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Breaks Records With $204.6 Million Debut
Jurassic World has revived the Jurassic Park franchise, delivering a domestic opening that exceeded even the loftiest expectations, as the movie opened to a record-breaking $204.6 million in North America and $511.8 million worldwide. This tops the $191.3 million debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron last month, although it falls just short of the $207.4 million opening of The Avengers in 2012. Regardless, this is easily the year’s top opening so far.
Hell, before it’s all said and done, Jurassic World could prove to be the year’s most profitable release. At a production cost of $150 million, Jurassic World has already recouped that investment for Universal, and then some. Worldwide, the movie is not only the largest weekend debut in history, it’s also the first film to ever reach $500 million in a single weekend. This bests the worldwide weekend debuts of some of the biggest global franchises of all-time, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even the Harry Potter saga. The biggest film in that series, 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, topped out at $483.2 million.
Jurassic World kicked off the weekend in North America with an impressive $120 million, but by Sunday, that had ballooned to over $200 million, riding a wave of nostalgia from older moviegoers, and a hearty influx of younger audiences who apparently aren’t as worn out by dinosaurs as the audiences in the movie itself. Overseas, Jurassic World was the big winner in China with $100.8 million, with the U.K. and Ireland delivering strong returns as well ($29.6 million). In fact, showings were strong across the board in territories such as Mexico ($16.2 million), South Korea ($14.4 million), France ($12.5 million), Australia ($12.1 million), Germany ($11 million) and Russia ($9.4 million). Combined, these grosses were enough to push Jurassic World over the top in terms of worldwide box office earnings for the weekend.
But this isn’t just good news for Universal, it’s great news for Chris Pratt. Between this, The LEGO Movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy, the dude is now a bonafide box office draw. I suppose you could argue that the Jurassic Park nostalgia, the Marvel Cinematic Universe intrigue, and the LEGO brand were responsible for those movies being hits, respectively, but Pratt is the common denominator in all of them. And that counts for a whole hell of a lot in Hollywood, particularly in an age where not as many people are going to the movies as before. When a star like Pratt comes along, and the audience responds to him in a huge way, it makes sense to capitalize on that. And I expect Hollywood is going to be paying out the wazoo (even more so than they are already) to do business with this guy.
Ultimately, no other new movies opened this weekend, because it would have been sheer lunacy to try and take on Jurassic World. But the summer movie season is in full swing, and it’ll be interesting to see just how well Jurassic World holds.
That said, how did the other movies hold at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 movies for this weekend below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 06/15/2015:
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 ($5.9 million)
6. Entourage ($4.3 million)
7. Mad Max: Fury Road ($4.1 million)
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($3.6 million)
9. Tomorrowland ($3.4 million)
10. Love & Mercy ($4.7 million)