American films have had their biggest box office weekend ever, taking in over $262 million. This beats the previous best of $259.9 million, set over Christmas 2009 when films such as Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and The Blind Side fought for holiday audiences. This time, though, the success comes mostly down to one film – Jurassic World, whose massive take of $204 million for its debut US weekend made up over 80% of the entire movie audience on a record-breaking weekend. Only Marvel’s The Avengers made more in its first weekend in cinemas ($207.4 million in 2012).
Worldwide, Jurassic World made over $511m, according to Variety, making it the first film ever to debut at over the half-a-billion dollar mark. Elsewhere, Spy and San Andreas completed the weekend top three, pulling in $16m and £11m respectively. It comes amid a major resurgence for film audiences across America – of the top-grossing fifty weekends in American box office history, five of them have came in 2015 alone – and that’s with half the year, and lots more big releases, still to come.