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‘Jurassic World’ Continues Box-Office Rampage (Updated)

Dinos soar past superheroes and Harry Potter abroad to push Universal over $1 billion domestically faster than any studio

The weekend keeps getting better for “Jurassic World.”

The film’s dynamic dinosaurs stormed into the record books Monday, claiming the mark¬†for the best opening weekend ever at the domestic box office with an estimated $208.8 million for Universal Pictures.

At the same time, updated Monday numbers showed that “Jurassic World” also passed 2011’s “Harry Pottter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” for the highest overseas weekend gross ever with $315.3 million. And that gave the raging reptiles the biggest weekend total in global history with a $524 million haul.

It took a late surge Sunday for the sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 sci-fi classic to surge past the $207.4 million domestic haul that Disney and Marvel’s “The Avengers”¬†debuted to in May of 2012. But the Colin Trevorrow-directed “Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, did just that, as TheWrap reported was likely on Sunday.

Universal’s estimates for the weekend had “Jurassic World” at $204.6 million, but Monday’s final figures made clear that Sunday’s take would give it the record.

Monday’s news capped a terrific box-office run over the first half of 2015 for Universal.

Last week, Universal Pictures International crossed $2 billion internationally faster than any studio ever has. With this weekend’s record-breaking opening of “Jurassic World,” the studio crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, beating the previous record climb achieved on June 22, 2008 by Paramount.

The studio now has four of the year’s seven highest-grossing movies: “Furious 7,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and now “Jurassic World.”