Additional reporting by Steven Lerner.
Jurassic World is the fourth film in the series based on Michael Crichton's famous novels and the first since Jurassic Park III in 2001. Boasting a new cast led by beloved everyman Chris Pratt, the new film debuted June 12 to strong reviews and an even stronger showing at the box office: with $208.8 million domestically, Jurassic World's opening weekend is now the biggest of all time.
Initial reports had the figures estimated at $204.6 million, which would have put the film in second place behind Marvel's The Avengers (the star-studded superhero flick earned $207.4 million in its first weekend), but another $4 million was unearthed at some point, crowning a new king of the box office, or jungle, or dinosaur park, or all of the above.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World is set 22 years after the first movie, on the fictional Isla Nublar. Much like the original films, the island features a diverse ecosystem of dinosaurs, which run around a theme park designed specifically for human visitors. Where this version sets itself apart however, beyond the dashing looks of Chris Pratt, is a bit of ill-advised genetic experimentation. The park's scientists create a huge, hybrid monster called the Indominus Rex, which inevitably wreaks havoc on the island and its defenseless visitors.
Bryce Dallas Howard stars alongside Pratt in the action adventure, and if money is any indicator, there's plenty to draw viewers to the theater. Just make sure you get there in style like this dude.
The success of Jurassic World elicited a great reaction online in the form of GIFs and memes:
There's the money that this film collected.
There was the obvious product placement in the movie.
Fans are re-creating popular scenes from the picture.
And, of course, tributes to the original film in the series.