Rampaging dinosaurs proved popular at movie theaters for a second weekend in a row as Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” topped the box office with a take of $102 million.
The action thriller starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard – and executive produced by Steven Spielberg – is closing in on $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. That would make it the third summer film to reach that mark; domestically the film has brought in $398 million.
“Inside Out,” the latest film from Pixar Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., was the second-highest grossing domestic film of the weekend with $91 million. It has a global gross of $132 million.
The success of “Jurassic World” is leading to a tremendous year for Universal Pictures, the film division of NBCUniversal based in Universal City. The studio has had four bona fide breakout hits that combined grossed $3.3 billion worldwide.
Universal also distributed “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which was released in February and grossed $570 million; “Pitch Perfect 2,” in May raised $272 million; and the April release “Furious 7” grossed $1.5 billion.
“Jurassic World” was co-financed and co-produced by Legendary Entertainment, the Burbank production company. Legendary’s arrangement with Universal will give it a 25 percent cut of the box office receipts, according to Variety, the entertainment industry trade publication.
The dinosaur thriller is the first hit for Legendary since ending a long-time distribution relationship with Warner Bros. Entertainment in 2013 and hooking up with Universal in Universal City.