Latest ‘Jurassic’ film is highest global opener ever
Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office.
“Jurassic World,’’ the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in theaters.
In Korea, it opened with 1.5 million ticket sales, making 14 billion won ($12.2 million) during the weekend, according to the Korean Film Council.
It also devoured a number of box office records in North America, with a $204.6 million take, the Rentrak media-measurement company estimated on Sunday.
It has been 14 years since there has been a new “Jurassic’’ film in theaters, and the combination of cinematic grandeur, nostalgia and awareness helped “Jurassic World’’ far surpass analyst predictions going into the weekend, which had the film on track for a $125 million opening.
“This over-performed in a way that I’ve never seen,’’ Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. “It broke the box office sound barrier.’’
Universal Pictures and Legendary co-financed the $150 million, PG-13 rated film. Audiences in every quadrant turned out to see the film in theaters. According to exit polls, 39 percent were under the age of 25, signifying the massive interest of both a new generation and the continued enthusiasm of those who saw “Jurassic Park’’ in 1993.
Also, audiences shelled out the extra money to see the film in the biggest format possible. About 48 percent of domestic audiences opted for 3-D.
“It is extraordinary. The film has resonated with audiences around the world,’’ said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, “Jurassic World’’ is the third in a series of blockbusters for actor Chris Pratt, who also starred in the 2014 box office hits “Guardians of the Galaxy’’ and “The Lego Movie.’’
“He’s like Jimmy Stewart with a leather vest and muscles,’’ Dergarbedian said. “He’s a great modern-day action hero.’’
This is also likely not the last “Jurassic’’ film audiences will see. Pratt has stated in interviews that he has signed on for future installments. But right now, Universal is focusing on what’s in theaters.
No studio even tried to compete with the unbeatable dinosaurs this weekend, and thus holdovers populated the rest of the top five. Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy’’ earned $16 million in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $56.9 million. “San Andreas’’ added another $11 million, and “Insidious Chapter 3’’ and “Pitch Perfect 2’’ took the fourth and fifth spots, with $7.3 million and $6 million, respectively.
The dino-sized debut of “Jurassic World’’ is of utmost importance to the industry, too, which has seen three consecutive down weekends in what was supposed to be a record-setting summer.
The Korean box office saw a number of Hollywood films excelling in the domestic box office.
In second place was Dwayne Johnson’s disaster flick “San Andreas,” picking up an extra 285,792 admissions to push its two-week total to 1.5 million, or 2.3 billion won.
The movie was followed by George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and spy-comedy “Spy,” directed by Paul Feig, in third and fourth places, respectively.
BY JIN EUN-SOO, AP [email@example.com]
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