‘Jurassic World’ becomes highest-grossing film of 2015 so far

Dinosaur sequel stomps past 'Fast & Furious 7' and 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

Jurassic World has stomped past Fast & Furious 7 to become the highest-grossing film of 2015 so far.

Since opening in cinemas in June, Jurassic World has taken over $1.513 billion (£970 million) at the global box office, a shade over the $1.511 billion (£970 million) grossed by Fast & Furious 7. With worldwide takings of $1.393 billion (£890 million), Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the only other film released in 2015 to pass the billion dollar mark so far.

Jurassic World‘s hefty total is enough to make it, at present, the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Avatar is top of the all time list with $2.788 billion (£1.76 billion), followed by Titanic with $2.186 billion (£1.38 billion). In third place lies Marvel’s The Avengers with $1.519 billion (£980 million), a total which Jurassic World looks likely to surpass in the coming weeks.

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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.

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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.