It’s safe to say that Universal is rather pleased with how Jurassic World has performed at the box office. After just a week in cinemas it’s already the third highest grossing film of 2015, and it’s smashed a plethora of box office records on its way to this total. In fact, today it managed to break the record for the fastest film to ever reach $400 million.
According to Deadline’s experts, by the end of today Jurassic World will have crossed $300 million and it should be hovering just below the $400 million domestic mark by Sunday. It’s believed that it will finally strut over this gigantic sum in the first few days of next week, if not sooner.
It’s been predicted that Jurassic World could pass $400 million in as little as 11 days. If that happens to be the case then it will easily eclipse the 14 days that it took The Avengers to reach that sum back in 2012. Which is a truly staggering achievement. Simply because no-one expected it to happen at all.
Sure, experts and box office scholars were confident that Jurassic World would be a success, but no-one expected it to cause such a gigantic stir at the box office. Let’s look at its achievements. Its opening weekend domestic intake of $208.8 million just beat The Avengers’ $207.4 million record, while its worldwide opening weekend sum of $524.1 million easily shot past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’s $483.2 million from 2011.
Which, when you consider that it was the sequel to a franchise that only produced one mesmeric instalment all the way back in 1993, is rather astounding, especially since reviews, while mostly positive, have been far from over the moon. Most critics and viewers insist that Jurassic World was a clichéd but still hugely enjoyable adventure, which was as stupid as it was enthralling.
Jurassic World’s colossal intake is just the latest achievement in what has already been a remarkable year for Universal. All the way back in February, Fifty Shades Of Grey grossed the vast amount of $569.7 million from a $40 million budget. However, that shouldn’t mask the fact that it was still bloody woeful.
Furious 7 then trampled all over this total when it hit on April 3, and over the following weeks it ended up amassing $1.511 billion across the world. It's currently sitting pretty at the top of the box office chart for 2015, even managing to keep Avengers: Age Of Ultron at bay.
Furious 7's stiffest competition to be the highest grossing film of 2015 will come in the shape of Jurassic World. And at this rate it’s impossible to know where Jurassic World’s final total will land, which is sure to make the money-men at Universal completely overjoyed. Especially since there is still half of the year to go.