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Jurassic World’s monster U.K. haul of $30.4 million this weekend didn’t simply snatch the best opening of 2015 crown from Avengers: Age of Ultron ($28.4 million), but pumped the British box office to its biggest weekend since November 2012.
To suggest the fourth installment in the revived franchise mauled the opposition would be an understatement. It roared in with more than 12 times the revenue of its closest rival, last week’s number one Spy ($2.4 million), and almost 23 times that of third placed San Andreas ($1.3 million). Hit hardest by Jurassic World’s domination of the top 10 was arguably Tomorrowland, which slumped 61 percent and into the 10th spot with less than $200,000 in its fourth week.
Elsewhere, Secret Cinema saw its immersive Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back experience rise up the charts one spot from last weekend’s 8th position, adding more than $400,000 to bring its total to just over $1 million after 10 days of its 100-date run.
Jurassic World’s three-day debut is now the fourth biggest in U.K. box-office history behind the last two Harry Potter films (Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and Skyfall. Spectre, the next Bond installment due out in November, alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are expected to be the other major titles battling for record-breaking U.K. performances this year.
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