Over twenty years ago, Steven Spielberg redefined what it meant to be a blockbuster hit with Jurassic Park. In 1993, it was the first film ever to rake in over $50M in its first weekend.
Well now the fourth entry in the Jurassic series, ‘Jurassic World’, has done it again. And this time it breaks all sorts of Box Office records. Not only is it the highest performing June opening of all time, but it also eclipsed 2012’s Avengers domestic takeaway, broke the international opening weekend record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and is the first film to ever gross over $500M globally in one weekend. And for a film that only cost Universal roughly $150M to produce, it’s safe to say the film is off to a great start. Let’s break it down.
Initial estimates are funny. A few months back I read several articles predicting Jurassic World to be the biggest flop of the season. And even initial Box Office estimates were way off. Analysts predicted between $125M and $135M for Jurassic World, which would have pushed it right up to Man of Steel’s record-holding June opening of $128.7M debut. It’s now clear Jurassic World has nearly doubled that record with a staggering domestic (U.S.) bow of $208.8M.
That’s right. A $208.8M U.S. haul for Jurassic World, topping even the reigning champ, Marvel’s 2012 hulk ‘The Avengers’ ($207.4M). Yesterday, Universal’s initial estimates for the weekend were a reserved $204.6M for the Dino-flick, but it appears it did better than expected on Sunday. This is staggering, considering some of its competition, which included Game 5 of the NBA Finals and HBO’s season 5 finale of Game of Thrones.
Overseas the film also broke some records. With $315.3M internationally, it’s actually dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2’s impressive $314M.
That makes its worldwide opening weekend takeaway some $524.1M! This leaps and bounds over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’s global opening record of $483.2M.
So what does this mean for the franchise? This most certainly won’t be the last Jurassic Park film we’ll see. Expect this to spawn its own series of sequels. Why did it have such an impact on the Box Office? Nostalgia for the original film amongst older viewers, and enthusiasm from a newer generation. And likely it’s the nostalgia factor that helped enthuse the new demographic, and vice versa. Truly, word of mouth did this film wonders. That, and the popularity of Thursday night showings, as opposed to midnight releases. My wife thinks it all comes down to the Pratt factor.
My review will be forthcoming soon.