The fearsome Jurassic Park dinosaurs have done it again, gobbling up the competition to score the biggest worldwide box office opening weekend ever with the latest franchise, Jurassic World. The film is now the biggest movie in history after it beat Avengers' $207.4 million opening weekend haul with $209 million.
Action-packed Jurassic World, featuring a new and particularly lethal hybrid dino, raked in a whopping $524 million (app Rs 3357 crore) globally in its debut at cinemas, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations on Sunday.
Irrfan Khan, who plays the role of park's owner Sam Masrani, considers the success of Jurassic World a "blessing". "The success of Jurrasic World has come out as blessing for all of us. I am overjoyed with the response that the film has received in India and abroad. I thank everyone who has contributed to this film and made it such a large success," Irrfan said in a statement.
Jurassic World also stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and is set on Isla Nublar island, the same location as Jurassic Park. It is a direct sequel to the runaway 1993 hit.
Even when adjusted for ticket price inflation, Jurassic World outpaces Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, which made $50 million in first-weekend sales - or roughly $99 million at current prices - when it opened in 1993, according to New York Times.
That was the largest weekend bow in history, eclipsing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($483 million in 2011), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The unprecedented haul for Jurassic World was boosted by the $100 million earned in China alone and the blockbuster topped the box office in 66 countries.
"This is absolutely a four-quadrant movie and is working on so many levels. The release date was awesome and everybody stayed off of our date," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Universal domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou as saying.
Co-produced by Steven Spielberg -- who directed the first two of the four films -- Jurassic World takes us back to the island theme park where scientists first revived T-Rex and Co for paying customers more than two decades ago.
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