Jurassic World earns half-a-billion worldwide for largest premiere in history

We already knew Jurassic World was going to put up some monstrous (sorry) numbers at the box office, but the long-awaited dino sequel just roared its way into the global box-office record books. Heck, Guardians and Jurassic star Chris Pratt even gave the entire gang of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a run for their money.

The film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, earned an eye-popping $511.8 million worldwide this weekend, absolutely crushing the record for a global opening (it’s worth noting that films are typically staggered in different markets, which makes global debuts less common, but regardless, this is insanely impressive). Jurassic World is the first movie ever to crack more than half a billion globally on its opening weekend. That total is made up of $204.6 million domestically (just a hair shy of The Avengers' record $207.4 million opening). Add in $307.2 from international markets (including $100.8 million in China), and it seems we can expect a sequel to this revitalized franchise pronto.

Though many fans complain about 3D movie fatigue, those higher-priced tickets are a big part of what pushed Jurassic World over the top. Approximately half the ticket sales came from 3D showings (including large format, IMAX, etc.), and the film earned $44.1 million in IMAX screenings alone. For the sake of comparison, that destroyed the previous record of $28.8 million set by Iron Man 3.

If there was any question to Chris Pratt’s bankability as a box-office star in the wake of his breakout role in Guardians of the Galaxy, you can put it to rest. This dude is at the center of two of the biggest franchises on the market, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Which is awesome, because Chris Pratt is a super-cool dude.

Were you among the throng who checked out Jurassic World this weekend? Are you surprised the film surpassed even the most liberal projects for such a huge debut?

(Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)

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