Dinosaurs rule the earth again. Who would have expected Jurassic Park to claim the top spot around the world more than 20 years after it was originally released? But it’s not all surprises here, this is after all the 3D re-issue and most of the money came from China, similarly to what happened with Titanic last year.
Jurassic Park 3D grossed $28.9 million over the weekend, $28 of those coming from China. That brings the re-issue’s total to $43.4 million internationally and $89.9 million worldwide. Including the original release, Jurassic Park is now the 17th movie to ever pass $1 billion worldwide. Between Star Wars Episode 1 getting a 3D re-release which helped it hit $1 billion, Titanic doing the same with $2 billion and now Jurassic Park at $1 billion, it’s starting to become a trend. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there’s only one more film which could realistically pass $1 billion if it got a 3D re-issue and that is the original 2001 Harry Potter ($974.8 million).
Monsters University moves another $19.6 million for a new international total of $424.8 million and $686.6 million worldwide. Pixar’s latest will inch past $700 million this week on its way to as much as $750 million worldwide by the time it leaves theaters. If I’m correct that would make it the 3rd highest earner of all time for Pixar and the 10th overall for animations.
Despite falling from the top spot Elysium held up pretty well with $19.1 million. Internationally the Matt Damon and Neill Blomkamp sci-fi has $70 million while worldwide the number is $139.6 million. $90 million more (which is hard yet doable) and I’ll be able to say it doubled its $115 million production budget (often enough a must for a film to achieve profitability during its theatrical run).
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was solid again with $18.9 million for a total of $62.9 million internationally and $111.9 million worldwide. I will say this again, while solid numbers on their own, the first film earned quite a bit more while costing relatively the same. For a 3rd film to even be considered, Sea of Monsters needs at least $200 million worldwide. Now this could eventually get there, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Now even if it does, it still won’t guarantee The Titan’s Curse.
The Conjuring rounds up the top 5 at $18.1 million. With over $220 million worldwide, this R-rated horror from Warner Bros is one of the most profitable movies of the year having made already 11 times its budget. Good thing then that the sequel was already being worked on even before The Conjuring came out in theaters.
In other news Despicable Me 2 is now at $806 million, the 2nd highest grossing film of the year and the 7th animation of all time. Not bad for a production company founded just 6 years ago, Illumination Entertainment.