Who saw this one coming?
Jurassic World, one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, was expected to take in between $100- $130 million this weekend, which would have been an impressive opening in its own right. But Jurassic World far surpassed those expectations. After solid Thursday night receipts and the biggest Friday and Saturday grosses of all time, Jurassic World ended the weekend with a dazzling $204.6 million, the second biggest opening weekend in history. And some believe that World could go higher. When the dust settles tomorrow morning, Jurassic World may have surpassed The Avengers, which currently holds the opening weekend record with $207.4 million. If that were to happen, I'll be back tomorrow morning with another update.
In addition to Jurassic's stunning domestic total, the dino blockbuster grossed $307.2 million in international markets, which amounts to a worldwide total of $511.8 million. That's the biggest opening weekend of all time, easily surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2's $483.2 million. Although most box office prognosticators expected World to be one of the summer's biggest hits, everybody just presumed that Avengers: Age of Ultron would be the biggest. And depending on how front-loaded Jurassic is, Age of Ultron and Furious 7 still might be ahead of the blockbuster when the dust settles. But the current event movie climate has been shaken and some things in Hollywood will definitely change.
Of course, Jurassic Park nostalgia and Chris Pratt's newfound superstar status helped as well. But ultimately, Jurassic World looked and felt like an old-school, big-scale blockbuster, the likes of which we hadn't seen in a while. It was a sequel, but it was also a fresh start and Universal did a great job of turning it into a four-quadrant smash. In a summer where most of the action films look good, but not great, Jurassic World was one of the few films that everybody had on their list.
If Jurassic World does set the record, I don't think it'll hold onto it for a particularly long time. Disney has marketed Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens in a very similar way to Universal's strategy with Jurassic World, and if the film is good, The Force Awakens could be a juggernaut the likes of which we've never seen before. But for now, let's not look to the future. Let's celebrate this perfect box office storm and congratulate Universal on what has been one of the most spectacular years I've seen from a studio ever.
With Inside Out and Dope hitting theaters next weekend, it'll be a little bit closer of a race at the box office. Here are my predictions:
1. Jurassic World- $96.9 million
2. Inside Out- $73 million
3. Spy- $10 million
4. Dope- $9 million
5. San Andreas- $7.6 million
6. Insidious Chapter 3- $4 million
7. Pitch Perfect 2- $3.2 million
8. Entourage- $2.8 million
9. Mad Max: Fury Road- $2.6 million
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron- $2.4 million