“Jurassic World” had a COLOSSAL opening this past weekend. Defying just about ALL expectations, the film took in an estimated 205 million dollars at the North American box office alone, 2nd only to 2012’s “The Avengers” as a 3-day cash cow. Not only that, its weekend worldwide take was around 512 million, the biggest weekend global take ever–by far. Talk about dino dollars. Also, its 83 million dollar domestic take on Friday, is the 3rd best on record, tucking itself in nicely, behind only 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” (91 million), and last month’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (84 million). Who would’ve thunk it? Any way you slice it, “Jurassic World” really RAKED in the bucks.
And this despite some mediocre reviews, and the lack of any real star presence. But check that last part–for two reasons. One, is that obviously the dinosaurs are the real stars of this movie. And number two, after last summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and now this, it appears Chris Pratt is officially a bona fide international film star. And Bryce Dallas Howard just upped her stock dramatically too. Now, I’m no fool. As long as ticket prices continue to rise, there is always going to be a new champion. That’s why the studios record grosses, and not number of tickets sold. But “Jurassic World” is just about guaranteed, to become the champion grosser of the franchise. Plus, biggest moneymaker of 2015 doesn’t seem all that unreasonable now either.