'Jurassic World' Sets a New All-Time Opening Weekend Record with Stunning $208.8M Debut

on June 15, 2015 by Daniel Garris

In one of the most stunning and remarkable box office performances in memory, Universal and Legendary Pictures' Jurassic World absolutely demolished expectations this weekend with a $208.81 million debut. In the process Jurassic World set a new all-time opening weekend record, as it topped the $207.44 million debut of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers by $1.37 million. On Sunday the fourth installment of the long dormant blockbuster franchise had been estimated to open a bit below The Avengers, but ultimately broke the record thanks to a stronger than anticipated Sunday hold. Jurassic World marks only the second film to ever open with at least $200 million and opened a comfortable $17.54 million ahead of the recent $191.27 million start of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In addition to setting a new all-time record, Jurassic World shattered the previous opening weekend record for the month of June, which had been held by 2013's Man of Steel. Jurassic World opened a massive 79 percent stronger than the $116.62 million opening weekend performance of Man of Steel and did so without having the advantage of opening over Father's Day weekend that Man of Steel had. Jurassic World also easily topped the $147.19 million debut of Furious 7 earlier this year to become the largest opener ever for Universal. The Jurassic Park franchise has a history of record breaking performances, as both 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park also broke the all-time opening weekend record at the time of their respective releases.

A number of factors helped contribute to the break out performance of Jurassic World this weekend. Thanks in part to the 14-year gap between the film and 2001's Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World was able to build off of the legacy and nostalgia of Jurassic Park without being weighed down by the less enthusiastic reactions to The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. The film was also helped out by being the first Jurassic Park film to be aided by higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions (an estimated 48 percent of the film's grosses were from 3D engagements), by the presence of Chris Pratt fresh off his success with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, by a very strong marketing campaign and by being the only new action-adventure film for audiences throughout the entire month of June.

Jurassic World opened with $81.95 million on Friday (which included an estimated $18.5 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 15 percent on Saturday to gross $69.63 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to take in $81.95 million. That placed the opening weekend to Friday ratio for Jurassic World at 2.55 to 1, which is exceptional when dealing with grosses of this size and is a very strong early sign for the film going forward. Jurassic World received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. In addition to strong word of mouth, Jurassic World will also be aided going forward by the Father's Day holiday next weekend and by the lack of direct competition for action fans until Paramount's Terminator Genisys enters the marketplace on July 1.

The audience breakdown for Jurassic World was nearly evenly split between genders (52 percent male, 48 percent female) and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and older (61 percent).

Jurassic World makes Universal's strong 2015 performance even stronger, as it now leads a slate that has already included Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. Universal's grosses for 2015 to date surpassed the $1 billion mark this weekend and currently stand at $1.044 billion. The studio will look to continue its roll with the release of Ted 2 on June 26 and Minions on July 10.

In other box office news, Fox's Spy placed in a distant second with $15.61 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was down one spot and 46 percent from last weekend. There is no doubt that the softer than anticipated performance of Spy thus far is at least in part due to the break-out performance of Jurassic World this weekend. Spy has grossed $56.55 million through ten days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 20 percent behind the $70.96 million ten-day start of 2013's Identity Thief.

Warner's San Andreas claimed third place with $10.81 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down an understandably sharp 58 percent, as the film clearly took a direct hit from the arrival of Jurassic World. Despite this weekend's hold, San Andreas continues to significantly outpace expectations with a strong 17-day take of $119.12 million. With the launch of Jurassic World now out of the way, San Andreas could stabilize going forward, especially with the aid of Father's Day next weekend.

Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 landed in fourth place with $7.31 million. The third installment of the low-budget horror franchise from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was down one spot and a very sharp 68 percent from last weekend. The film's second weekend decline was quite expected given the added presence of Jurassic World and that 2013's Insidious: Chapter 2 fell 66 percent in its second weekend. Insidious: Chapter 3 continues to perform on the low end of expectations with a ten-day take of $37.38 million.

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.40 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down a slim 15.5 percent from last weekend. Pitch Perfect 2 easily had the weekend's strongest percentage hold among wide releases and was aided from playing as a double feature with Jurassic World at many drive-in locations. Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $171.11 million in 31 days.

Warner's Entourage followed in sixth place with $4.19 million. The theatrical version of the HBO comedy series continues to display significant front-loading, as it was down 59 percent from last weekend. Entourage has grossed a lackluster $25.72 million through twelve days of release.

Tags: Jurassic World, Spy, San Andreas, Insidious: Chapter 3, Pitch Perfect 2, Entourage

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