Universal’s “Jurassic World” thundered to the top of the global box office this weekend, hauling in a mighty $82.5 million across 66 territories.
The blockbuster has earned more than $1.2 billion since opening three weeks ago, putting it right behind “Furious 7’s” $1.5 billion bounty and “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” nearly $1.4 billion haul on the year’s highest-grossing global releases. The dinosaur thriller ranks eighth on the list of the best-performing worldwide releases, behind “Frozen.”
Overseas audiences got a jump on domestic crowds, pushing “Minions” to $36 million at the foreign box office. The “Despicable Me” spinoff doesn’t hit U.S. theaters until July 12, but Universal, the studio behind the animated adventure, is rolling out the film in 10 territories in order to capitalize on school holidays. These markets include the United Kingdom, Brazil, Poland and Australia. The film has brought in $51.7 million since it began debuting overseas ten days ago.
Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” has been steadily landing in foreign markets. It continued its deliberately paced launch this weekend, adding Belgium, Hungary, New Zealand, India and Trinidad to its list of markets and posting $26.4 million for a third-place finish. “Inside Out” has now debuted in 42 territories, representing approximately 44% of the international marketplace. The critically garlanded family film has made $266.4 million globally.
In fourth place, “Hollywood Adventures,” a U.S.-Chinese co-production, earned $26 million from three territories. The action comedy comes with Tinseltown pedigree in the form of producer Justin Lin, the man behind many of the “Fast and Furious” films.
After debuting to a lackluster $32.9 million Stateside, Universal’s “Ted 2” tried to get a shot in the arm from foreign crowds. The raunchy comedy bowed in 26 international territories, including Germany, Russia and Italy, while rounding out the top five and racking up $20.3 million abroad. Comedies don’t always travel well, but the first “Ted” defied that trend by making 60% of its $549.4 million global haul from foreign markets. The sequel will roll out in 38 more territories over the next few months.