By Justin Worland @justinworland
Dinosaur thriller Jurassic World overwhelmingly won the weekend box office, but it’s global gross is one for the record books.
The film, which stars Chris Pratt, earned $204.6 million at domestic theaters, according to estimates released Sunday by box office tracker Rentrak. The opening places it at No. 2 on the biggest domestic openings ever, just behind The Avengers (2012) at $207.4 million, according to the Associated Press. And when final figures roll in Monday, Jurassic World could end up ahead. More astounding, though, the latest flick in the franchise took in about $512 million worldwide, giving it the largest global opening ever.
Pratt has already admitted he’s signed on for another Jurassic installment, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I am. They have me for I think 38 movies or something.”
Melissa McCarthy’s Spy finished in second, earning $16 million in its second week in theaters, followed by disaster movie San Andreas in third place. with just more than $11 million. Insidious Chapter 3 and Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the top 5, with $7.3 million and $6 million, respectively.
The record sales are a welcome morale booster for the management of Universal Pictures owner Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), which has found regulators harder to please than moviegoers in recent weeks. Its key broadband internet business has suffered a double blow, first from the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling for more utility-like regulation of the Internet’s infrastructure, and then, shortly afterwards, by the collapse of its bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC). TWC agreed to be taken over by Comcast rival Charter Communications (CHTR) almost immediately afterwards.