June 15, 2015


'Jurassic World' Is the First Film to Pass $500 Million in One Weekend

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

There's hope for the film industry yet. Jurassic World, the long-awaited sequel to Jurassic Park (the last in the series was 2001's Jurassic Park III) grossed $524.4 million in its first weekend. Not that we needed more proof, but dinosaurs are forever. In America alone, the flick snatched $204.6 million, making it the second-biggest U.S. opener of all time, inches behind The Avengers' $207.4. UPDATE: Nope, it's the biggest American opener ever. Jurassic World actually earned $208.8 million over the weekend, according to the final report.

According to Box Office Mojo, Jurassic World debuted at No. 1 in all 66 territories it opened in. The prior single global weekend record was Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows: Part 2, which brought in a whopping $483 million in 2011.

If you're a fan, it gets better: Jurassic World was written with sequels in mind. Director Colin Trevorrow says, "We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story." 

While your mind's in the prehistoric zone, watch this killer a cappella rendition of John Williams' Jurassic Park theme song, hear the same tune tackled by screaming goats (yup, the very animal a T-Rex loves to eat), and check out the trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which will not feature an amusement park gone awry. They're not all bad, those dinos.