9:15am PT by Pamela McClintock
Box-Office Milestone: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Crosses $1B Globally
The dinos have joined the billion-dollar club — again.
On Thursday, Universal and Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom crossed $1 billion in ticket sales at the worldwide box office, becoming the 35th film to achieve the milestone, not adjusted for inflation.
The sequel, costing $170 million to make before marketing, finished the day with a domestic total of $304.8 million and $700.7 million overseas, including a mighty $245.2 million in China, where it is the No. 5 Western title of all time.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom won't come close to matching the $1.671 billion earned by Jurassic World in summer 2015, but it is still a win for Universal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin, along with the producers, including Frank Marshall.
This time out, directing duties belonged to Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (The Impossible). Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard once again lead the cast, while Daniella Pineda, Rafe Spall, Isabella Sermon, James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin are among the actors joining the franchise for the first time.
The story follows Pratt's and Howard's characters as they rush to help rescue the dinosaurs on the abandoned island of Isla Nublar after a volcano erupts. They uncover a menacing conspiracy, however, when the evacuation leads to a secret dino-encampment on the mainland of America.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the third movie of the year so far to cross $1 billion following Avengers: Infinity War ($2.037 billion) and Black Panther ($1.346 billion), both from Disney and Marvel.
Universal is the only studio outside of Disney to have at least two titles in three separate franchises clear $1 billion, not adjusted for inflation. The other two franchises are Fast and Furious and Despicable Me.