Yesterday, the final /jurassic-world-beats-avengers-box-office-record/box office numbers for the weekend came in, confirming that Jurassic World has broken Marvel's The Avengers' three-year old box office record for the biggest opening weekend ever ($207.4 million), taking in $208.8 million in its first three days in theaters. Being the good sport that he is, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sent out a cool poster congratulating Universal Pictures, producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, director Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt for their success with Jurassic World. The artwork, designed by Marvel conceptual artist Andy Park, showcases Chris Pratt riding a T-rex, which happens to be holding Thor's hammer Mjolnir, while Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America and Hulk look on.
It certainly is a classy move on Marvel and Disney's part to congratulate the studio that broke their coveted box office record, but there is a long tradition of filmmakers congratulating others who have broken their records. Back in 1998, Titanic surpassed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. In response, George Lucas took out a full-page ad in Variety, with a wonderful illustration of several Star Wars characters going down with the Titanic, along with the simple message, "Jim, Congratulations. George." And when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope broke Jaws' box office record, Steven Spielberg also posted a full-page ad in Variety, showing R2D2 reeling in the monstrous Jaws shark with a simple fishing pole.
Jurassic World broke a number of box office records, including opening weekend records domestically ($208.8 million), internationally ($315.3 million) and globally ($524.1 million). It is the first movie in history to make over $500 million worldwide in its first weekend in theaters, and it will surely become the fastest to reach $1 billion over the next week or so. Universal's Furious 7 currently holds that record, reaching $1 billion in just 17 days back in April. While we wait for more records to be broken, take a look at Marvel Studios' classy gesture below, along with the artwork that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg sent out after their box office records were broken.
Artwork by the amazing @andyparkart from the world famous Marvel Studios Vis-Dev team.— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015