Few saw it coming. Scratch that, no one saw it coming, but there is now a new king at the box office. The mighty T. rex and the other dinos in Jurassic World crushed both The Avengers and Harry Potter to take not only the record for highest domestic opening weekend of all time, but also the record for highest international opening weekend of all time.
Jurassic World made $208.8 million in its opening weekend to surpass the previous record of 207.4 held by The Avengers at the domestic box office. Jurassic World made $315.6 million at the international box office on its opening weekend, which surpassed the previous record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had an international weekend opening of $314 million. All total, Jurassic World made $524.4 million globally on its opening weekend, and it is the only film to ever make more than $500 million in a single weekend. There are likely many more records for those dinos to smash, including fastest film to reach $1 billion at the box office.
Why exactly did it make so much? More importantly, how exactly did it absolutely trounce box office expectations? Before the film’s opening, box office analysts expected the film to take in between $115 million and $135 million domestically and $300 to $400 million globally. How exactly did it make so much more than people originally though it would? Here are 10 reasons why Jurassic world is the new box office champ.