Jurassic World roars to global record with $511.8m debut

This was propelled by $204.6m in the US, according to Exhibitor Relations. A further $100.8m was made in China, with the UK contributing $29.6m. Jurassic World knocked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 off the number one spot, toppling its $483.2m from 2011.

Jurassic World was the most popular screening in all 66 countries where it was released and had the second-highest grossing opening weekend in the US – not quite enough to unseat Marvel’s The Avengers, which took $207.4m in 2012. It also trails the all-time charts for the international weekend estimate. Its $207.2m generated was still second to the final Harry Potter film with $314m.

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.”

It’s the fourth movie in the action adventure series created by Stephen Spielberg – who was on hand to co-produce the movie.

The film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as employees in a dinosaur park who discover its latest creation, a huge genetically-modified beast called Indominus Rex, has escaped.

The first instalment proved a worldwide success when it was released in 1993, taking more than $1bn globally and becoming the first ever film to open to more than $50m.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III followed in 1997 and 2001 respectively. 

While the third film received a lukewarm reception from reviewers and cinema-goers alike, analysts have said this latest success suggests that it was a good decision to reboot the classic franchise for a new generation of fans.

Nick Carpou, president of domestic distribution at Universal, said: “Dinosaurs are fascinating to everyone. It’s cross-cultural.”

Other notable openings included $16.2m in Mexico, France with $12.5m, Australia with $12.1m and Germany with $11m. Elsewhere, Japan has yet to see Jurassic World – it is due to hit cinemas there on August 5.

Opening in 4,273 cinema theatres, Jurassic World was Universal Pictures’ widest release to date, outstripping Furious 7 which had previously been the record-holder of Universal’s biggest debut with $147.2m. An estimated 48 per cent of the film’s domestic total came from 3D screens and broke IMAX records too – bringing in over $20.6m.

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