While it’s no surprise that Jurassic World reigns atop the box office this weekend, what is a bit surprising is just how big a chunk it took out of the world’s pocketbooks. Its domestic take of $204.6 million is impressive, putting it just behind Marvel’s The Avengers’ $207.4 million get back in 2012 for a second-place all-time debut. Also worth noting is the franchise film’s international weekend tally of $307.2 million (not counting earlier premieres in the week) which puts Jurassic World just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, with $314 million.
What’s beyond impressive is the film’s overall worldwide debut, a mind-blowing and record-setting $511.8 million, as Variety reports. That’s the first time in cinematic history that a film has debuted at over half-a-billion dollars, or made that much in a single weekend. Now surely that figure is padded a bit thanks to 50% of ticket sales coming in the form of 3D screenings around the world, but the film opening in first place in North America and the other 66 international territories around the world is quite the historic feat.
The film’s $204.6 million North American debut was bolstered by a massive $100 million debut in China, with those two markets providing the bulk of the box office. Some other notable international totals include: United Kingdom and Ireland – $29.6 million; Mexico – $16.2 million; Korea – $14.4 million; France – $12.5 million; Australia – $12.1 million; and Germany – $11 million. Oddly enough, Japan won’t debut the film until August 5th (because Godzilla is throwing a tantrum). Imax also got in on the record setting with a $23.5 million international weekend.
While the rest of the films on this weekend’s top ten are by no means extinct, they have their work cut out for them if they expect to topple Jurassic World as king of the box office mountain. What’s more interesting is to keep on eye on the film’s performance week to week in order to see just how long it can ride the wave until another debut dethrones it.
Here’s a look at the top ten domestic weekend and total box offices (via Box Office Mojo):
|4.||Insidious Chapter 3||$7,300,000||$37.4|
|5.||Pitch Perfect 2||$6,000,000||$170.7|
|7.||Mad Max Fury Road||$4,130,000||$138.6|
|8.||Avengers: Age of Ultron||$3,641,000||$444.7|
|10.||Love & Mercy||$1,765,000||$4.8|