Jurassic World smashes box office records and takes over $500 million in opening weekend
Jurassic World, the long-awaited new instalment of the Jurassic Park series, has broken box office records in its opening weekend, taking $511.8 million in all.
The movie, which stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jake Johnson, took the Number One spot in each of the 66 countries it debuted in this weekend just gone.
The previous record was $483 million and was taken in 2011 by the final instalment of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, but the new blockbuster has comfortably surpassed that.
The blockbuster almost broke the opening weekend record in the US too, taking $204.6 million, just $2.8 million shy of breaking the records set by Avengers: Assemble in 2012.
Jurassic World has been directed by Colin Trevorrow and also stars Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins and Omar Sy. The movie is the first film to emerge from the Jurassic Park franchise since 2001 and acts as a direct sequel to the earlier movie trilogy.
It follows Pratt's Owen, a park ranger who tries to lead a rescue mission for tourists trapped in the revamped theme park after Rex, a monstrous genetically-modified dinosaur, goes on the rampage.