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Jurassic World earns over half a billion worldwide in biggest opening weekend ever

Jurassic World earns over half a billion worldwide in biggest opening weekend ever


Dino-sized opening beats The Avengers for domestic record

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Jurassic World has turned into quite the blockbuster hit. The film has crushed industry estimates, and has raked in a record $525.4 million globally, making it the first to ever break half a billion dollars over its opening weekend. That number comes from $208.8 million domestically, beating The Avengers' record $207.4 million weekend haul in 2012. The Colin Trevorrow-directed film also earned $315.61 million abroad, outstripping the international weekend record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($314 million). The international figure for Jurassic World includes $100.1 million from China alone.

Any way you measure it, then, Universal's fourth entry in the dinosaur franchise is a massive box office success. Universal originally released its figures on Sunday, but was apparently a bit conservative with its domestics estimates on Sunday because of competition with the game five of the NBA Finals. Ultimately, Jurassic World beat The Avengers domestically for best opening weekend ever, showing that moviegoers weren't too bothered that the movie rejects modern science with its featherless dinos.

'Jurassic World' could beat 'The Avengers' for biggest domestic opening ever

Part of Jurassic World's success comes from big numbers at 3D, IMAX, and premium large format theaters. Roughly half of the box office numbers came from 3D ticket sales, and the action flick took in $44.1 million globally from IMAX theaters — crushing the record set by Iron Man 3 of $28.8 million. 90 percent of the Chinese box office sales came from 3D tickets

The movie, of course, marks yet another massive hit starring Chris Pratt. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy turned Pratt into a star, and last year also saw the massive success of The Lego Movie. Don't be surprised if you see Pratt in more major blockbusters over the next few years.

The gigantic box office numbers give Universal two huge hits this year, in the form of Furious 7 and Jurassic World. If the studio manages to take the record for largest weekend opening away from The Avengers, you can be sure Disney will be looking to take back the crown this December with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Update June 15th, 6:45PM ET: Added new box office figures released by Universal.

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