Jurassic Park 4: Jurassic World Becomes First Movie to Take $500M on Its Opening Weekend
Jurassic World, aka Jurassic Park IV: The Extinction has become the first film to take more than $500 million at the box office on its opening weekend.
The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series was the most popular screening in all 66 countries where it was released.
Jurassic World made $204.6million in the US, according to Exhibitor Relations.
The movie took $100 million only in China as part of the record global total of $511.8 million.
The Universal Pictures release had the second-highest grossing opening weekend in the US.
The record is held by Marvel’s The Avengers, which took $207.4 million in 2012.
Jurassic World was co-produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the series, and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
It stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, told Variety.com: “People should call dinosaurs the original superheroes. They are just as big as Iron Man or Superman or Batman right now.”
Jurassic Park was a major worldwide success in 1993, taking more than $1 billion globally.
It was followed by The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997 and Jurassic Park III in 2001.
Jurassic Park III got poor reviews and made far less than its predecessors.
Analysts say the success of Jurassic World will vindicate the decision to reboot the franchise for a new generation of dinosaur fans.