It looks like dinosaurs rule the Earth again, with adventure sequel/reboot Jurassic World breaking box office records in its first few days, scoring the biggest global opening weekend of all time.
The film’s $511.8 million (£330m) gross puts it ahead of previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which took $483.2million (£311.5m) in 2010. Jurassic World was first released in France, China and other regions on Wednesday 10th June, before it became available in the UK, Australia and more on Thursday 11th, and the US and remaining countries on Friday 12th. The film hit the number one spot in all 66 countries in which it debuted, taking $29.6 million (£19.08m) in the UK and Ireland.
In America, it beat off competition from Spy and San Andreas to pull in $204.6 million (£131.9m), according to figures from Box Office Mojo, making it the second biggest domestic opening of all time, just behind Marvel’s The Avengers which recorded $207.4 million (£133.7m)
Star Chris Pratt was pretty happy about the result, taking to Facebook in reaction to the film’s global reception:
“On behalf of everyone involved in the making of #JurassicWorld, and believe me there are thousands of us, I want to say thank you,” he wrote.
“It feels so wonderful to hear the overwhelmingly positive response. We are incredibly blessed and overcome with joy at the outcome of the movie and couldn’t be more appreciative for the amazing support you’ve shown so far. This is bigger than all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Notably, Jurassic World’s success is also the first time a film has taken more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend – so you can bet the filmmakers are in Velociraptures all round.
Jurassic World is in cinemas now