Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ to Become Fastest Film to Cross $1 Billion

Jurassic World
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Jurassic World” is poised to cross $1 billion at the global box office more quickly than any film before it.

The dinosaur blockbuster should eclipse that mark on Monday after 13 days in theaters, trumping the record set earlier this year by “Furious 7,” which took 17 days to pass that barrier. Currently, the Universal release’s worldwide total sits at $981.3 million, after topping foreign charts this weekend with a $160.5 million haul from 66 territories.

The film has shattered expectations. Going into the summer, analysts expected that the picture would be overshadowed by “Minions” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now, it has a chance of being the highest-grossing release of the year, potentially giving “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” a run for its money when it debuts this December.

“It’s destroying box office records,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It will be interesting to see how well it continues to perform. Can ‘Star Wars’ even compete with this film?”

The picture isn’t just a domestic smash. “Jurassic World” has done massive business in China, where it has earned $167.1 million, more than double the amount it has racked up anywhere else save for the United States.

Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” also put up big numbers at the foreign box office, though its international rollout is more staggered than that of many summer blockbusters. The critically adored family film earned a robust $41 million from 41 territories, the biggest of which were Mexico ($8.8 million), Russia ($7.7 million) and France ($5.2 million). The Russian debut ranks as Disney’s biggest animated opening in the country, while Mexico represented the best ever kickoff for an animated film that isn’t a sequel. The film still has much of Europe left to open and won’t land in China until July 30.

Foreign audiences got an early look at “Minions,” the “Despicable Me” spinoff that is expected to be one of the summer’s biggest hits. The Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment release bowed in four international territories this week, a quartet that includes Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia, where it generated a sizable $12.3 million in receipts.

Among milestones, Warner Bros. and New Line’s “San Andreas” crossed $400 million at the global box office, pushing the $110 million movie squarely in profitable terrain. The disaster film added $18.8 million to its $414.2 million bounty.

The rest of the top five was rounded out by “SPL II: A Time for Consequences,” the sequel to the hit 2005 Hong Kong martial arts film “SPL: Sha Po Lang,” which earned a sizable $29 million.

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  1. James says:

    While I’m happy that more people are going to the movies and choosing the theatrical experience, I’m so tired of the billion dollar marker being the end all/be all in the modern age. Most if not all of the billion dollar club is filled with tentpole mediocrity (or worse) whose profits are fueled by aggressive ad campaigns that are impossible to escape. Each weekend run like a political campaign where either you’re buying a ticket and voting for the product they are pushing or you’re abstaining from voting at all because (like myself) you are tired of the zeitgeist-hungry advertising assault that goes with the release of a movie like Jurassic World.

  2. JJ says:

    too bad the movie is mediocre. inside out, however, is brilliant.

  3. carlb says:

    analysts are nothing more than critics who the vast majority of people do not listen to! this movie has a rotten tomato of just over 71% and a popcorn of of over 84% you get those numbers in the first week you know it’s going to be a hit and the water tank chatter is the thing to get new butts in the seats and also returns like myself tonight. this pratt is just crazy already three major franchises. jurrasic, the gaurdians and i am sure with these numbers indiana is next he even looked like him in this movie. amazing he was found as a beach bum in hawaii by rae dawn chong! buddy you got some luck!

    • formulabill says:

      Hate to burst your bubble but Pratt announced he is done as an actor after he completes all of his pre-existing contracts. He’s not taking on Indiana Jones or any other movie he was rumored to be in like Knight Rider The Movie. He just wants to raise his son and enjoy being with his family in peace.

  4. Imutau says:

    And unlike global warming the movie industry belly aching on lost revenue due to piracy is showing more and more as being a myth as their box office totals continue to rise.

    • You have to give Pratt so much credit. It is undeniable that he has that something that people just love, that, I am just an idiot like the rest of you but somehow I can kick ass and get the girl too and it makes no sense to me either, thing.
      He is simply not intimidating, unlike someone like a Brad Pitt, every girl thinks they have a chance with him and every guy thinks maybe I could be him or at least hang out with him. If he keeps that quality, he will sell lots of movie tickets for a long time.
      He picked up a winning lottery ticket, good for him.

      • Harry McNicholas says:

        I think you are a myth. You offer no proof that you exist. Also, I did not go see Jurassic World. That is another myth. I simply set there in the movie theater eating my mythical popcorn and drinking my mythical Coke and spent 2 and half hours looking at a blank screen. My comments make no sense do they? Neither does yours.

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