Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Roars Past $1B Overseas in Rare Milestone
The blockbuster reboot is only the fourth film to achieve this feat.
In a fitting end to Universal's record summer, Jurassic World has roared past the $1 billion mark at the overseas box office, joining a tiny club whose other members are Avatar, Titanic and this year's Furious 7, not accounting for inflation.
The milestone gives Universal bragging rights to two of the movies: Jurassic World and Furious 7. Fox is home of Avatar and Titanic, both from director James Cameron. Through Sunday, Jurassic World has grossed $1.003 billion internationally. That compares to $2.03 billion for Avatar (2009), $1.53 billion for Titanic (1997) and $1.16 billion for Furious 7, released in April 2015.
Also this weekend, Universal jumped the $6 billion mark in global box office receipts for the year, by far the biggest showing in history for a Hollywood studio. That includes $2.16 billion domestically and $3.89 billion internationally. Last month, Universal surpassed the industry record set by Fox in 2015 with $5.53 billion.
Jurassic World, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, has earned a total of $1.65 billion worldwide, already making it the No. 3 title of all time behind Avatar and Titanic. In North America, its earnings are $647.5 million, putting it at No. 3 behind Avatar ($760.5 million) and Titanic ($658.7 million).
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the reboot of the classic dinosaur franchise stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The movie's final market is Japan, where it has conquered the box office with $63.1 million in its first 30 days.
"Everybody has taken a shine to Jurassic World. It has dominated the world, and we got every quadrant everywhere," said Duncan Clark, president of Universal's international operation. "And we will probably be the No. 1 film of the year in Japan."
Universal's banner year is thanks to a diverse slate of films, including summer titles such as Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton and Illumination Entertainment's Minions. The studio's movies account for more than 26 percent of summer box-office revenue in North America.