The Park was open this week at the box office, and records fell as a result of dinosaurs rampaging through Isla Nublar.
Coming first in a runaway victory is Jurassic World (read our review), which scored an astonishing $204.6 million gross during its first three days. That is quite an improvement from the expectations analysts had for it, which fell in the $100+ million range. Colin Trevorrow's blockbuster barely missed eclipsing the all-time opening weekend record, which was set by The Avengers in 2012 ($207.4 million), but it managed to beat out another superhero film in the record books. Man of Steel's previous June opening record of $116.6 million got shattered. It's safe to say Universal was smart in locking down star Chris Pratt for a sequel.
There were several factors that played into World making so much in its opening weekend. First, moviegoers obviously connected with the nostalgia-based marketing, which highlighted this film's connections with the beloved 1993 original. Also, the positive critical reception and the presence of a star like Pratt helped sell it to casual audiences who may have been skeptical of the project initially. Now we have to see how well it will hold, with offerings like Pixar's Inside Out on the horizon. But everything from here on out should be gravy for Universal. Not only has Jurassic World surpassed the entire domestic gross of 2001's Jurassic Park III, it is also up to $511.8 million worldwide, meaning it is well on its way to the $1 billion club.
Coming in at #2 is last week's champ, Spy, which took a modest 45 percent hit and made $16 million during its second weekend. As one might expect, it could not keep up with the new arrival of Jurassic World, but the Melissa McCarthy vehicle is doing very well for itself. The espionage comedy is now up to $56.9 million domestically.
The #3 film is San Andreas, which brought in $11 million this past weekend. Dwayne Johnson's disaster thriller has now made $119.3 million Stateside through three weeks of release.
In at #4 is horror film Insidious: Chapter 3, which grossed $7.3 million in its second weekend. The prequel is now at $37.3 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Pitch Perfect 2. The musical comedy continues to have a strong presence on the box office charts, making $6 million in its fifth weekend to raise its domestic total to $170.7 million.
The Entourage film falls to #6 this week with $4.3 million. So far, the movie has only brought in $25.8 million domestically.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the #7 film this week thanks to its $4.1 million gross. The action flick has made $138.6 million this far in the U.S. and is up to $322.7 million globally.
Coming in at #8 is Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron with $3.6 million. The superhero sequel has now made $444.7 million domestically. It will be interesting to see if it will hold on to its title of highest-grossing film of the year throughout the summer, or if Jurassic World will eventually surpass it.
The #9 film of the week is Disney's bomb Tomorrowland. Brad Bird's latest added $3.4 million to its domestic total this week and is now up to $83.6 million in the States. Internationally, it hasn't gotten much help, as its worldwide total is just $177.1 million.
Finishing off the top ten is the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy with $1.7 million. The film has now made $4.7 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 15 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo