Jurassic World Takes A Bite Out Of History
Box Office Wrap Up
Despite a so-so reception from critics (Neil sums it up very well in his review of Jurrasic World) Jurassic World chewed up the box office for the second highest box office opening ever. Behind the first Avengers film with a 204.6 million at the gate.
With foreign ticket sales the numbers are just staggering. With its $511.8 million total, “Jurassic World” ranks as the best global opening of all time. In its first three days in theaters, Jurassic World has made only about $111.5 million less than “Avengers” made in its entire run. It’s the first time a film has ever grossed more than $500 million in one weekend.
Hollywood was expecting a Jurassic World to give a big boost to the declining box office this year but the gross in North America exceeded estimates by more than $50 million and continued a impeccable summer for Universal Pictures.
The record-setting opening gives Hollywood a boost after some concerning weeks at the box office: Walt Disney Tomorrowland bombed on Memorial Day weekend, and the calendar is stacked with similarly big-budgeted movies that will require T-Rex sized openings. Yearly box office after this weekend is now up 4%, according to box-office tracking firm Rentrak Corp.
The movie is the latest of splashes for Universal in a year that has included Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. Universal still has Minions, the (hilarious) Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck and the story of rap’s iconic supergroup – Straight Outta Compton.
In second place, Spy starring Melissa McCarthy had some staying power, dropping 45% to $16 million in its second weekend. The James Bond inspired satire has earned 56.9 million in it’s two weeks since being released.
San Andreas slid down to third this weekend collecting $11 million, down 59% in it’s third weekend. The Dwayne Johnson Disaster flick has faired very well overseas and should surpass the 300 million mark.
Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped 68% it’s second weekend earning $7.3 million. The big drop off is is fairly typical for the horror genre, and while chapter 3 may not be as big as the previous two installments it has done well enough to keep the franchise alive.
Universal Pictures’ other non-dino summer blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 dropped an impressive 21% in its fifth weekend to add another $6 million for fifth place, bringing its domestic total to $170.7 million. Pitch is now fifth-highest grossing movie of the year after Jurassic World, which is #3.
HBO’s ressurection of the tv show Entourage continued to disapoint dropping 58% to sixth place earning $4.3 to bring it’s cume to a paltry $26 million.
1. Jurassic World, $204.6 million
2. Spy, $16 million
3. San Andreas, $11 million
4. Insidious Chapter 3, $7.3 million
5. Pitch Perfect 2, $6 million
6. Entourage, $4.3 million
7. Mad Max: Fury Road, $4.1 million
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $3.6 million
9. Tomorrowland, $3.4 million
10. Love & Mercy, $1.8 million