‘Jurassic World’ Destroys Global Box Office Record With $524 Million Debut (Updated)

Opening at No. 1 in all 66 markets, the sci-fi sequel passes “Harry Potter” for the best foreign and worldwide hauls ever

More than two decades after Steven Spielberg created a new era of the summer blockbuster with “Jurassic Park,” dinosaurs again ruled the Earth with “Jurassic World’s” $524.1 million global opening — the best rollout in history.

It’s the first time a film has ever taken in more than $500 million in one weekend, and Universal and Legendary’s “Jurassic World” opened at No. 1 in all 66 foreign markets in which it debuted.

Sunday’s international estimate for “Jurassic World” was $307.2  million, behind only the $314 million of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2” in 2011. It is Universal’s highest-grossing international weekend by a large margin, doubling the previous record holder “Furious 7,” which rolled out to $250.4 million abroad in April.

The sequel to Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi classic, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, posted the second-best domestic box-office debut in Hollywood history as well as this weekend, behind only the $207.4 million opening of “Marvel’s The Avengers” in 2012.

The top-grossing foreign territory was China with $100.8 million, followed by the U.K. and Ireland ($29.6  million), Mexico ($16.2 million), Korea ($14.4 million), France ($12.5 million) and Australia ($12.1 million).

“Jurassic World” shattered records for giant screens and 3D globally as well as in the U.S. It generated $44.1 million from 806 IMAX screens, more than 50 percent better than the previous mark of $28.8 milion set by “Iron Man 3” in 2013.

The huge global rollout of “Jurassic World,” which Spielberg executive produced and Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley produced, builds on a terrific year for Universal. The studio now has four of 2015’s top ten movies: “Furious 7,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Jurassic World.”

Also executive producing were Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni of Legendary Pictures, which co-financed the $150 million sequel.