Weekend Box Office: JURASSIC WORLD has Monstrous Opening!

June 12 - 14 Estimates

Update: Jurassic World surpassed Marvel’s The Avengers and is now the new king of the domestic box office, setting a record for the biggest opening weekend of all time with a whooping $208.8 million!

Colin Trevorrow‘s dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic World pulled in an astonishing $204.6 million debut in the U.S., and opened to a monstrous $511.8 million worldwide. I honestly had no clue it was going to be so well received.

It is the second-best all-time debut, just behind Marvel’s The Avengers’ $207.4 million and the first time in cinematic history that a flick has debuted at over half-a-billion dollars. That’s a lot of coin coming in for a film directed by a literal rookie such as Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed).

Most projections for the $150 million tentpole were in the $125 million to $135 million range. Jurassic World also earned an A CinemaScore from moviegoers, so the sky is the limit for dinosaur thriller right now. I am really happy to see the love for Jurassic Park is still alive.

The relaunch of a franchise that had been absent from theaters for 14 year sucked up most of the oxygen, leaving the rest of the box office pretty quiet. Paul Feig’s action-comedy Spy showed some staying power, failing 45% to roughly $16 million in its second weekend.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s disaster film San Andreas scored a third place finish, with $11 million to drive its domestic total to $119.3 million.

Horror flick Insidious: Chapter 3 finished in fourth with $7.3 million, dropping huge 68% in its second weekend.

Universal Pictures’ other big summer blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the top five with a $6 million weekend, bringing its domestic haul to $170.7 million with a minuscule 21% drop-off in its fifth weekend.

In related news, Sundance smash Me and Earl and the Dying Girl scored $210,000 from fifteen theaters for a strong $14,000 per theater average. Check out the Box Office Guru top-10 list and see where estimates currently stand:

Weekend Box Office

Tune in next weekend when Universal’s JW will have to deal with Pixar’s Inside Out if it wants to hold onto the #1 spot for a second weekend.