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Jurassic World is global box office winner for 2015 until Star Wars overtakes

Jurassic World

Story by Jack Foley

DINOSAUR blockbuster Jurassic World has finished the year as the highest grossing film of 2015 world-wide.

Colin Trevorrow’s revival has taken a whopping $1.67 billion since its release in the summer, massively surpassing expectation and shattering records along the way.

But its position atop the global box office may prove short-lived as JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost certain to overtake it in the coming weeks. That film only opened in December and currently stands in fifth position in the top 20.

But it has already become the fastest film to cross the $1 billion landmark [in 12 days] and is shattering even more records than Jurassic World despite not having opened in China, the world’s second biggest movie territory. The film’s current box office haul stands at $1.09bn.

Currently holding second place, meanwhile, is Fast & Furious 7, which marked the final film of the late Paul Walker, while superhero super-sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron came in third with $1.4bn.

Animated hit Minions lies in fourth spot with $1.16bn, while Pixar’s critically-acclaimed animated movie Inside Out lies in sixth with $851.6m, thereby proving that there is still plenty of room for blockbuster films that show innovation.

James Bond’s latest mission, Spectre, currently lies in seventh spot, with $850.2m – but now looks unlikely to surpass the $1bn taken by its predecessor, Skyfall, which looks set to remain the most successful 007 movie of all time.

But another spy movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation came in one place behind Bond, in eighth, with $682.3m.

Other notable inclusions in the top 20 are Ridley Scott’s space epic, The Martian, which lies tenth with $593.9m – the most successful film of the great director’s career.

And S&M blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey came in 11th, with $570.5m, proving that the decision to adapt the novel into a film franchise has been a very lucrative safe bet.

Another surprise is the presence of the much-maligned Terminator: Genisys in the top 20 – the reboot of sorts lies in 16th spot with $440.6m – 79.6% of which was derived from markets outside of America.

And another slated movie, Liam Neeson’s Taken 3, also squeezed into the top 20 with a global haul of $326.5m – again providing its financiers with a vindication of sorts for making it.

Top 20 global box office, 2015

1. Jurassic World, $1.67bn
2. Furious 7, $1.52bn
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $1.4bn
4. Minions, $1.16bn
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $1.09bn
6. Inside Out, $851.6m
7. Spectre, $850.2m
8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, $682.3m
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, $616.7m
10. The Martian, $593.9m
11. Fifty Shades of Grey, $570.5m
12. Cinderella, $542.7m
13. Ant-Man, $518.6m
14. San Andreas, $473.8m
15. Hotel Transylvania 2, $456m
16. Terminator Genisys, $440.6m
17. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $414.4m
18. Home, $386m
19. Mad Max: Fury Road, $375.8m
20. Taken 3, $326.5m

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