‘Jurassic World’ becomes first film to gross $500 million in a single weekend

Dinosaur sequel starring Chris Pratt enjoys the best opening weekend in global box office history

Jurassic World has become the first film to gross $500 million (£320 million) in a single weekend.

The dinosaur sequel starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard raked in $511 million (£328 million) at the global box office over its opening weekend, debuting at Number 1 in all 66 territories in which it opened. The record for the best opening weekend was previously held by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows: Part 2, which grossed $483 million (£310 million) in 2011.

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Jurassic World has revived the dinosaur film franchise nearly 14 years after the last instalment, 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Colin Trevorrow, who previously made acclaimed 2012 indie comedy film Safety Not Guaranteed, directed from a script he co-wrote, while Steven Spielberg – who directed the first two films in the franchise – served as an executive producer.

Last year (2014) Trevorrow explained that Jurassic World was designed with sequels in mind, saying: “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

However, the director has since ruled himself out of directing a sequel to Jurassic World himself. Chris Pratt, meanwhile, has confirmed that he is signed up to star in multiple future Jurassic Park films should they be given a green light.