Jurassic World: More than $500 Million in One Weekend

There is always a new film that’s record-breaking:

Jurassic World, released by Universal last week, has opened to a staggering $511.8 million worldwide, the highest global bow of all time.  It marks the first time a film has ever grossed more than $500 million in a single weekend.

The dinosaur thriller is the top ranking film, after opening in first place in North America and across all 66 international territories where it debuted.

Jurassic World debuted to a dominant $204.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend.  That figure represents the second biggest opening in history.

Universal and Legendary spent $150 million to reopen the park, bringing on Sundance director Colin Trevorrow (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) and snagging Chris Pratt to star in the sequel.

It has been more than a decade since “Jurassic Park III” hit theaters and the absence appears to have spiked interest in the latest film.

“This is some pretty rarefied air,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s distribution chief.  He noted that with a domestic debut on 4,273 screens, “Jurassic World” represents the widest release in Universal history.

“It gave people all around North America the opportunity to see the film, especially in those great large formats and 3D,” said Carpou. “That created the possibility that it could grow beyond what the historical data indicated it would do.”

Though it was clear that “Jurassic World” would be a box office colossus, no one could predict the scale of the opening. Most projections were in the $125 million to $135 million range.

Instead, “Jurassic World” scored the year’s biggest bow, just ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and its formidable $191.3 million opening in May. It ranks behind 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and its $207.4 million debut on the all-time list of openings.

“Jurassic World” scored the third biggest opening day ever, with $82.8 million and shattering all June high-water marks for opening weekend, biggest opening day and all-time biggest PG-13 launch.