Universal has another billion-dollar baby on its hands. As expected when the estimated worldwide gross as of Sunday had hit $981.3M, the dinosaurs will officially cross $1B at the global box office today. Universal reports JW is currently at $987.2M and is set to stomp over the $1B line with today’s business. That makes it 13 days for Indominous Rex to reach the milestone, faster than any film in history — and faster than Universal’s own Furious 7, which was the previous record holder having gotten there in 17 days.
With Sunday’s actuals, Jurassic World has also secured the highest-grossing second week at the North American box office with $106.6M. The domestic cume is now $402.8M — the fastest any film has reached $400M, taking 10 days to do so. And the records keep coming: Jurassic World crossed $500M internationally on Saturday after only 11 days, the speediest time to that marker. The offshore gross is $584.4M so far.
Internationally, the Chris Pratt-starrer directed by Colin Trevorrow will pass Jurassic Park‘s lifetime box office total of $640M this week (including first run, re-issues and 3D).

The news comes as Universal prepares a presentation of its upcoming titles for tomorrow morning here at Cine Europe in Barcelona. Fine timing indeed for a victory lap on this monster hit.


Now, Box Office Mojo reports that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has had worldwide earnings of $1,402,125,298 http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=avengers2.htm

Or if you want to know the top ten movie earners http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/

 Gold highlight = now playing or recent movies
RankTitleStudioWorldwideDomestic / %Overseas / %Year^
1 Avatar Fox $2,788.0 $760.5 27.3% $2,027.5 72.7% 2009^
2 Titanic Par. $2,186.8 $658.7 30.1% $1,528.1 69.9% 1997^
3 Jurassic World Uni. $1,651.2 $647.5 39.2% $1,003.7 60.8% 2015
4 Marvel's The Avengers BV $1,519.6 $623.4 41.0% $896.2 59.0% 2012
5 Furious 7 Uni. $1,511.7 $351.0 23.2% $1,160.7 76.8% 2015
6 Avengers: Age of Ultron BV $1,402.1 $458.3 32.7% $943.8 67.3% 2015
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $1,341.5 $381.0 28.4% $960.5 71.6% 2011
8 Frozen BV $1,274.2 $400.7 31.4% $873.5 68.6% 2013
9 Iron Man 3 BV $1,215.4 $409.0 33.7% $806.4 66.3% 2013
10 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $1,123.8 $352.4 31.4% $771.4 68.6% 2011

It seems, if rumours are correct, and I have been 98% right on my rumour-mongering to date, that Disney are "not happy" that their much hyped second Avengers movie sits in position number 6. It would be nice to say who says what but I don't play that game, especially when peoples jobs are at risk.  But I think the movie journalists know full well who is "raging like the Hulk"!

Also, if you are going to mess -to feck around- someone like Joss Whedon who made you a hit movie before, then you gets what you gets.

I am not taking seriously the idea that Disney may be thinking of reigning in its Marvel Universe movies.  It's like gambling to these people -"the next one might make us more than a billion!" and it's only another 'failure' (seriously, this is greed when you complain you have not earned the huge amount you wanted, you know, piss millions!) that gets heads rolling and brakes put on.

Would Disney really stop its announced movies because of the Avengers 'failure'?  No, I can't see it but I can see, if they got very pedantic about costs, merging two movies.  Money is a drug to the big corporations and they love the "high".

What I do believe is possible is that the Marvel Comics side of Disney might see cut-backs since the comics do not mean much to the movies which, be honest, makes far more than the comics.  Just look at these figures from Comichron The Comics Chronicles http://www.comichron.com/yearlycomicssales.html

Estimated OVERALL North American Market size, including both print and digital estimates by Comichron and ICV2.com
DIGITAL sales for Comics (not counting subscription services) in North America, as calculated by ICV2.com (est.):
2011 $715 million $25 million
2012 $805 million
$70 million
2013 $870 million
$90 million
2014 $935 million
$100 million

Go to the page and check it all out.  If Disney execs were looking at those figures then they would NOT be impressed because, the movies were thought responsible for more comic sales http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/14/marvel-dc-spiderman-guardians-of-the-galazy and another figure http://www.kansas.com/entertainment/article26083825.html is that $835 million came from print products -comics and graphic novels.  Now if $1,402,125,298 made by the movie is seen as bad think what a pissy $835 million looks like to Disney execs.

So, yes, I can see the comics suffering, there is an easy solution but the rot of Disney has set in at Marvel and even the once mighty Yes Man, Joe Quesada, is being pushed to the sidelines thanks to some very neat back-stabbing (don't you love big business?).

Marvel went terminal the moment it sold to Disney (let's not even go near that one!) and it's life support was shut off a good while ago.  Disney does movies and comics are a 'hobby'.