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Jurassic World roars to largest opening weekend ever globally

Jurassic World

Story by Jack Foley

JURASSIC World has proved that dinosaurs can rule the global box office again. The film roared to a record $204.6 million debut in the US and $511.8 million globally.

Its US opening figure means it surpassed the $191.3 million launch of superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron to register the second highest opening of all-time, just behind the original Avengers, which hit $207.4 million in May 2012.

Globally, meanwhile, the movie posted the largest weekend bow in history, eclipsing Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($483.2 million) and, in so doing, becoming the first film to ever cross $500 million in one weekend.

The figures, which far surpassed expectations for the $150 million movie, prompted Universal’s domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou to gush: “This is absolutely a four-quadrant movie and is working on so many levels. The release date was awesome, and everybody stayed off of our date.”

Of the international figures, China led overseas with $100.8 million, followed by the UK and Ireland ($29.6 million), 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).

Jurassic World opened 22 years after Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park and 14 years after the critically underwhelming Jurassic Park III and so was viewed as something as an unknown quantity going into the first weekend.

But it now proves that dinosaurs are as big a draw as superheroes in the current market-place, while also furthering the star power of its leading man, Chris Pratt, who has enjoyed another box office smash a year after Guardians of the Galaxy propelled him to leading man status.

It also marks another major victory for Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley and her team, who have also overseen recent hits Fast & Furious 7, Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2.

Elsewhere at the US box office, no other studio risked opening a movie nationwide opposite Jurassic World, which meant that the top five was dominated with holdover titles.

In second spot was Melissa McCarthy’s action-comedy Spy, which took $16 million (to bring its US total to $56.9 million), and Dwayne Johnson disaster flick San Andreas came third with $11 million.

Horror movie Insidious: Chapter 3 and sequel Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the top five with, respectively, $7.3 million and $5.9 million.

At the specialty box office, meanwhile, Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl grossed $210,000 for the weekend for a screen average of $14,000, while Brian Wilson musical biopic Love & Mercy enjoyed a strong second weekend and moved up to No. 10 with $1.8 million (for an estimated US total of $4.8 million).

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