‘ Jurassic World’ tops $ 1 billion at global box office
The Universal film reaches the milestone in 13 days, faster than any movie in history.
“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.