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Universal Pictures Stomping Box Office

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.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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