What a weekend at the box office! Universal Pictures has released the biggest movie of the studio’s 103-year existence with Jurassic World, the relaunch of a franchise that had been absent from theaters for 14 years.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt–who is clearly A-List after starring in two of the biggest movies of 2014–Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan and Vincent D’Onofrio, the return of the franchise based on Michael Crichton’s novels became Universal’s third blockbuster hit of the year with the animated spin-off Minions still to come.
As of Sunday morning, Universal Pictures has reported an estimated opening weekend of $204.6 million in 4,274 theaters, which would make it the second-biggest opening for a domestic release, besting the recent $191.3 million opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only did Jurassic World receive the widest release for a Universal Pictures film, it also achieved the studio’s biggest opening weekend, besting the recent benchmark set by Furious 7 just two months ago. Its per-theater average of $47,870 (based on estimates) is also the biggest per-theater average for a wide release, passing the previous record set by Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012.
Jurassic World‘s astounding opening weekend began on Thursday night with previews in 3,229 theaters where it brought in $18.5 million, which was already more than Iron Man 3‘s $15.6 million Thursday previews in 2013. At that point, it was already clearly gunning for Man of Steel‘s June opening record. Yesterday, it was reported that the dino franchise had scored almost $83 million in its opening day (including those previews) to become the third-biggest opening and single day ever. Universal then estimated another $66 to 67 million for Saturday, which was down nearly 20% from Friday but was still more than Age of Ultron‘s first Saturday take of $56.5 million, though just behind its 2012 predecessor’s $69.6 million Saturday. Universal is projecting roughly $54 million for Sunday which would also be behind Marvel’s The Avengers, but it really only needs $42 million or so to retain its second place opening.
Considering that Marvel’s The Avengers went on to gross $623 million domestic and $1.5 million globally, it’s a good bet that Jurassic World could be aiming for the coveted Top 10 domestic if it’s able to hold up that business during the busy summer ahead. Its “A” CinemaScore is a good indication that the movie will have legs.
Jurassic World grossed an additional $307.2 million overseas with China accounting for $100.8 million of that amount in just four days. Add it all up and you end up with an astounding $511.8 million global total for Jurassic World in just four days.
It’s being reported by Real D that 48% of the amount grossed this weekend was made from 3D showings. Jurassic World also set a new global record for the IMAX as it grossed $44.1 million on 806 IMAX screens worldwide, besting Iron Man 3‘s previous record of $28.8 million. $20.6 million of Jurassic World‘s domestic opening came from 443 domestic IMAX locations.