‘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

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World
Legendary Pictures

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.”