With the raptor-ous performance of Jurassic World both domestically and internationally in this, the film’s debut frame, Universal has set two more industry box office records this weekend. Already last week, the studio crossed the $2B international mark faster than any other in history — the second time it has reached the milestone in record time. As Jurassic World stomped out to global domination this frame, Universal now has bragging rights to the quickest climb to $1B domestic — beating the previous record ascendance achieved by Paramount on June 22, 2008. The current 2015 domestic gross is an estimated $1.039B. What’s more, it has lickety-split hit $3B worldwide, passing Fox’s previous race to the milestone on June 30, 2010. Universal’s worldwide box office gross is now an estimated $3.318B; the international portion is an estimated $2.278B, making 2015 UPI’s biggest year ever, surpassing the 2013 year-end total of $2.258B.
The records that fell this weekend were propelled by such 2015 hits as Fifty Shades Of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2, along with Jurassic World which just bowed to $511.8M worldwide — the first time ever that a movie has made over $500M in one weekend.
Jurassic World is Universal’s 4th No. 1 opening of 2015, making it the 8th time the studio has been No. 1 at the North American box office — more than any other studio this year. With that reboot and the aforementioned titles, Universal has four of the Top 6 openings domestically in 2015. The rundown goes like this: No. 1 Jurassic World (estimated $204.6M); No. 3 Furious 7 ($147.2M); No. 5 Fifty Shades Of Grey ($85.2M); and No. 6 Pitch Perfect 2 ($69.2M).
Fifty Shades Of Grey, Furious 7 and Jurassic World are also the highest-grossing North American openings ever for the months of February, April and June, respectively. At the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures International has held the No. 1 position seven times — more than any other studio in 2015.
With JW continuing to play out over the next few weeks and the arrival later this summer of Despicable Me spinoff Minions; Seth MacFarlane sequel Ted 2; Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck; and F Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton, along with several other high-profile pics before December (The Visit, Everest, Steve Jobs, Crimson Peak and more), 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest-grossing year in Universal’s century-plus history.