Jurassic World earns half a billion dollars in opening weekend


The top worldwide opening in history, Universal's $511.8m haul "obliterated expectations," reports Pamela McClintock. $204.6m of that was earned in the U.S.

"This is absolutely a four-quadrant movie and is working on so many levels. The release date was awesome, and everybody stayed off of our date," said Universal domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou. …

Internationally, China led overseas with $100.8 million, followed by the U.K. and Ireland ($29.6 million), Mexico ($16.2 million), South Korea ($14.4 million), France ($12.5 million), Australia ($12.1 million), Germany ($11 million) and Russia ($9.4 million).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came close, but fell at few million short of the $500m mark in its first weekend. Read the rest

Sesame Street takes on Jurassic Park in latest hilarious parody


Sesame Street always nails its pop culture parodies, and this take on Jurassic Park is no exception. Read the rest

Jurassic Park with cats instead of "velociraptors"

The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to. But since everyone else is sharing and posting the trailer, I thought I'd share something Jurassic Park-related but a little bit ... different.

David Mizejewski is a naturalist and media personality with the National Wildlife Federation. Read the rest

Little-known dinosaurs that should make an appearance in Jurassic Park 4

Brian Switek does fantastic work writing about dinosaurs. I haven't finished his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus , just yet, but it's shaping up to be fantastic — all about the slow, lumbering dinosaurs of our childhoods and how our conception of them morphed into something totally different. He's going to be on Science Friday on, well, Friday. And he's written them a post about four distinctive but seldom-discussed dinosaurs that should really get their 15 minutes of fame. Read the rest