Jurassic World, the long-in-development fourth installment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, has always been regarded as one of the major contenders for box office glory in 2015, since the project's inception. However, the decidedly mixed reactions to the film's marketing online (and no, we're not just talking about the Joss Whedon sexism controversy) ahead of its release left many wondering: would this particular 1990s blockbuster franchise revival prove to be a success, commercially-speaking (if not in other ways, too)?
Well, by the time that co-writer/director Colin Trevorrow's dinosaur adventure had grossed $82 million on its opening day in theaters alone, anyone who thought the answer could be "no" suddenly felt a little silly. Since then, Jurassic World has broken opening weekend records both domestic and global in nature, while simultaneously reaching certain box office benchmarks faster than any other film has in history. Unsurprisingly, the sci-fi/action/horror movie is about to break yet another record.
Universal Pictures has announced that Jurassic World will cross $1 billion worldwide by the end of the day (at the time of writing this), having thus reached that benchmark in a record 13 days. That means the studio has broken its own record set earlier this year, when Furious 7 - the seventh installment in the Fast and the Furious series - reached $1 billion worldwide in theaters in 17 days, which at the time was two days faster than former record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Universal also confirmed that Jurassic World will soon have made $400 million in grosses at the U.S. box office faster than any other feature film before it has managed.
There's now more than a good chance that Jurassic World will eventually match (or possibly exceed) Furious 7's currently global box office take, which stands just north of $1.5 billion. Universal will next release the Seth MacFarlane comedy sequel Ted 2 in theaters, followed by the Despicable Me franchise spinoff Minions a couple weeks later - with both expected to turn a more-than-healthy profit. The short of it: the first half of 2015 has been a good time for the Hollywood studio.
Jurassic World has done more than just triumph at the box office; it has also successfully reinvigorated interest in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, paving the way for additional installments down the line. Indeed, as much as some people have reasonably criticized (and shall no doubt continue to reasonably criticize) Trevorrow's movie for its shortcomings as a human character piece, the critical consensus is that Jurassic World succeeds as a modern big-budget take on the sci-fi monster B-movie genre - one that (re-)establishes a universe that many filmgoers would like to explore further, in a future adventure (or two, perhaps). Expect an official update from Universal about a Jurassic World sequel soon.
As for the box office: it's probably safe to assume the movie will not break Avatar's all-time worldwide record (Avatar's domestic box office gross is likewise a long shot), but its financial performance has already affected the film industry in ways other than setting new box office speed times. Case in point, Jurassic World appears to have given the expensive space drama/romance Passengers - set to star Jennifer Lawrence and Jurassic World's Chris Pratt - the push it needed to keep moving forward.
Jurassic World is now playing in theaters worldwide.
Source: Universal Pictures