June came to a close with another strong weekend at the box office that saw another fierce battle between two movies as Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out had a heated battle for the top spot after an unprecedented weekend where both movies grossed more than $90 million.
Ultimately, Jurassic World won the weekend as it grossed another $54.2 million (estimated) over the weekend, becoming the fastest movie to reach $500 million domestically over any previous movie including previous record holder Marvel’s The Avengers. It’s also only the fifth movie ever to achieve that $500 million benchmark domestically, having now surpassed the original Star Wars and the prequel Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (not accounting for inflation).
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson and Nick Robinson, Jurassic World has proven to be the biggest breakout hit of the summer as it also has become the #1 highest-grossing movie of the year, at least domestically, which most thought would be held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, at least for the summer.
Despite holding the records for biggest opening and second weekends, Jurassic World might have to settle for those two milestones, since there’s no way it will surpass Avatar‘s $68 million record third weekend even if its actual weekend gross ends up being higher than reported estimates.
Internationally, Jurassic World grossed another $82.5 million 66 territories to bring its overseas total to $737.5 million with China claiming $201 million of that amount. It has grossed more overseas than the $640 million earned by Jurassic Park globally over its entire run (including the recent 3D rerelease.) Jurassic World has reached $1.2 billion worldwide with Japan still to open in August, but it’s well on its way to becoming Universal’s second movie of the year to take in more than $1.5 billion globally after April’s Furious 7.