Not only that, Jurassic World owns the record for the largest Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening day numbers and next weekend might not prove to shabby either as word of mouth will likely be high after receiving an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences.
All-Time Box Office Opening Weekend Record Holders
- Jurassic World (2015) – $208.8 million
- The Avengers (2012) – $207.4 million
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $191.2 million
- Iron Man 3 (2013) – $174.1 million
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) – $169.1 million
There are certainly plenty more records that come with this result, such as the largest June opening of all-time, crushing the measly $116.6 million Man of Steel brought in in 2013 and a record $44.1 million from IMAX globally. I almost expect the Sunday total to be much higher, giving this one a couple more records to add to the books, but that’s not all…
Perhaps the most amazing thing about that number is back when Avengers topped $200 million it wasn’t so much of a surprise. Jurassic World is only the second film to cross $200 million and early predictions pegged it no higher than $140 million (the highest RopeofSilicon user record was only $159.1 million), but after an $82.6 million start from Thursday night through Friday it was clear this was going to be a monster.
The film is also breaking records internationally where it added a record $315.3 million this weekend, for a record breaking $524.1 million 5-day global opening on a $150 million budget. Universal Pictures is also the fastest studio to $1 billion domestically with this opening and the fastest to $3 billion worldwide.
Elsewhere, scoring a second place finish is the Melissa McCarthy action-comedy Spy with $15.6 million, only a 45% drop from its opening weekend. San Andreas took third in its third weekend tallying $11 million and Insidious: Chapter 3 brought in an estimated $7.3 million in its second weekend, dropping a hefty 68%.
Meanwhile, Love & Mercy wormed its way into the top ten with $1.6 million and Fox Searchlight’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had a decent debut in 15 theaters, bringing in an estimated $196,496 for a $13,100 per theater average.
Next weekend will be interesting as Jurassic World will have to deal with Pixar’s Inside Out if it wants a second weekend at #1. The Avengers dropped 50.3% in its second weekend and should Jurassic World follow suit we’re looking around a $102 million second weekend. The largest opening for a Pixar film was Toy Story 3 at $110 million back in 2010 while Monsters University is second with $82.4m from 2013. Thing is, both of those were sequels. The highest opening for a non-sequel from Pixar was The Incredibles with $70.4 million back in 2004 and, adjusting for inflation, in today’s terms that’s $92.1 million. The race will be tight and Inside Out is getting deservedly great reviews, but I have a feeling it will be a second weekend at #1 for Jurassic World… you?