The massive $208.8 million opening weekend for the dinosaur-disaster film Jurassic World, the biggest weekend opener ever, is also Universal's fifth film to generate ticket sales of more than $100 million since Christmas, which gives the studio four of the year's seven top films, according to film-tracking site Box Office Mojo. Worldwide, the film's gross has reached $315.3 million, according to Universal.
Jurassic World is the year's third-best selling film so far, behind Walt's Disney's (DIS) Avengers: Age of Ultron and Universal's Furious 7, which generated $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales, including $350.7 million in domestic theaters since its April 3 opening.
Shares of Philadelphia-based Comcast were rising 0.3% to $58.42, extending its 12-month gain to 11%.
Jurassic World is likely to bolster results at NBC/Universal. The division includes the NBC broadcast network, which has struggled due to lower ratings. Revenue at the unit fell 4% in the quarter ended March 31 to $6.6 billion. Jurassic World's box-office sales should also boost operating income at NBC/Universal, which has historically contributed less to Comcast's bottom line than its broadband and pay-TV services. While sales at NBC/Universal accounted for 37% of Comcast revenue in the first quarter, the unit contributed 29% of profits.
In 2013, Comcast fired its studio chief Adam Fogelson after releasing the costly bomb R.I.P.D. That misstep came on the heels of outsized cost overruns for the Samurai film 47 Ronin, which went on to flop after Fogelson left Universal. Ironically, Fogelson approved the films that are now hitting big for Comcast's movie business.