NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jurassic World has bitten off $204.6 million at the American movie box office, the second biggest domestic debut of all time.
Universal's (UVV) dinosaur remake of Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park smashed estimates over the weekend. The movie entered the record books as the biggest ever global opener, raking in $511.8 million worldwide. Universal is owned by media and cable giant Comcast (CMCSA).
Disney's (DIS) comic-book adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers is the only movie ever to clock a more lucrative opening weekend in the U.S.: In 2012, it grossed $207.4 million.
The Jurassic Park remake hit the big screen 22 years after the original and was directed by newcomer Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg was an executive producer on the fourth movie of the franchise set in the dinosaur theme park of Isla Nublar.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in the PG-13-rated film, which cost around $150 million to make. Ticket sales got an extra boost from around 48% of the domestic audience who opted to see the film in 3-D, paying the highest tier entry cost.
The previous installment of the Jurassic Park movies came out in cinemas 14 years ago, but the dinosaur genre is apparently far from extinct. Exit polls showed that people under 25s made up around 39% of the audience, adding to the preexisting fan base of the original classic.
Universal has now overtaken Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros in domestic market success this year. With the help of Jurassic World, Universal has surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales in the last 12 months, with such blockbusters as Pitch Perfect 2 and Furious 7.