‘ Juras­sic World’ tops $ 1 bil­lion at global box of­fice

The Uni­ver­sal film reaches the mile­stone in 13 days, faster than any movie in history.

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Saba Ham­edy saba. ham­edy@ latimes. com

“Juras­sic World” has roared past the $ 1- bil­lion mark at the global box of­fice faster than any f ilm in history.

It took the movie just 13 days to reach the box- of­fice mile­stone, ac­cord­ing to Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures, best­ing the pre­vi­ous 17- day record set by the stu­dio’s “Fu­ri­ous 7” this year.

Out­side the U. S. and Canada, China is the topgrossing ter­ri­tory for the “Juras­sic Park” se­quel, ac­count­ing for an es­ti­mated $ 164.4 mil­lion. Bri­tain and Ire­land fol­low with $ 60.3 mil­lion and Mexico with $ 29 mil­lion. “Juras­sic World” is set for re­lease Aug. 5 in Ja­pan.

The block­buster re­sults have helped Uni­ver­sal claim its big­gest year ever at the world­wide box of­fice. The stu­dio said Mon­day its world­wide box- of­fice grosses have reached $ 3.8 bil­lion.

Its movies — in­clud­ing “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fu­ri­ous 7” and “Pitch Per­fect 2” — have grossed more than $ 3.8 bil­lion glob­ally. That sur­passes the cen­tu­ry­old stu­dio’s pre­vi­ous record: $ 3.69 bil­lion in 2013, when it re­leased “De­spi­ca­ble Me 2” and “Fast & Fu­ri­ous 6.”

And Uni­ver­sal still has six months to go in the year, with up­com­ing films in­clud­ing “Ted 2,” “Minions” and “Steve Jobs.”

“Minions,” in par­tic­u­lar, is poised for a big open­ing when it hits North Amer­i­can the­aters July 10. The “De­spi­ca­ble Me” spinoff kicked off in four coun­tries over­seas this week — Aus­tralia, In­done­sia, Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore — with $ 12.5 mil­lion.

“Juras­sic World” opened do­mes­ti­cally June 12 and posted the big­gest open­ing week­end ever, with $ 208.8 mil­lion in ticket sales, top­ping Marvel’s “The Avengers.” It was also the high­est open­ing over­seas ($ 316.8 mil­lion) and world­wide ($ 525.6 mil­lion).

The film also notched the big­gest U. S. haul in history for a sec­ond week­end, with $ 106.6 mil­lion.

The ro­bust box- of­fice earn­ings for “Juras­sic” come as no sur­prise. The f ilm, di­rected by Colin Trevor­row and star­ring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dal­las Howard, has re­ceived de­cent re­views from crit­ics and scored an “A” from the au­di­ence polling firm Cine­maS­core.

Pratt has been mak­ing head­lines since he shaped up for his role in last sum­mer’s sur­prise block­buster “Guardians of the Gal­axy.” The 35- year- old has be­come known as an ac­tor on the rise in Hol­ly­wood.

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