'Jurassic World' bites off a record $204.6 million debut

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office. "Jurassic World," the fourth film in the series, devoured 2015 box office records in its debut weekend earning an estimated $204.6 million, according to Rentrak on Sunday.

It's also the second-highest domestic opening of all time, right behind "The Avengers" which took in $207.4 million in 2012.

Universal Pictures and Legendary co-financed the $150 million, PG-13 rated film.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, "Jurassic World" is the third in a series of blockbusters for star Chris Pratt, who also starred in the 2014 box office hits "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Lego Movie."

The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy" took the No. 2 spot in its second weekend in theaters with $16 million.