While final numbers (actuals) aren’t in quite yet, the revised box office estimates now have Jurassic World‘s domestic opening at $208.8 million, ahead of previous domestic record holder The Avengers‘ $207.4 million in 2012. Previous numbers (early estimates) had Jurassic World at $204.6, but throw that number in the garbage can, son, because it’s old news, I tell you, old. J-Dubz is now number one in everything.
In terms of foreign box office, where Jurassic World‘s number is now $315.6 million, it’s now ahead of the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, at $314 million. In terms of combined opening, where Jurassic World‘s number one all-time record was never in question, its new number is $524 million. It’s the first movie ever to gross more than $500 million in a single weekend.
Sure, the movie wasn’t all that great, but people want to watch dinosaurs eat people. I can live with that. Would I rather it had been Mad Max: Fury Road breaking the records? Of course, but I don’t think this is a “this is why we can’t have nice things” situation. Jurassic World, if you have any interest in it at all, isn’t the kind of movie you wait to see on DVD. As evidenced by Jurassic World‘s take in China, where 95% of the audience saw it in 3D. It’s a big screen kind of movie.
And if ever there was a perfect time for the Jurassic Park theme on a melodica, it’s now.