Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
So you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat The Avengers U.S. box office opening record. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park sequel grossed $208,806,270 in the opening weekend, just enough to overtake Joss Whedon’s The Avengers‘ $207.4 million record from 2012. Marvel Studios has published an image online to congratulate the “new box office king.” Check it out, after the jump.
The illustration features Chris Pratt‘s character Owen riding a T-Rex looking down upon The Avengers, which includes Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America and The Hulk. Also notice that the T-Rex is holding Thor’s mighty hammer.
The artwork above was created by Andy Park, the world famous artist from Marvel Studios’ visual development team who has been very very responsible for the awesome look of the Marvel films. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige posted the image on his twitter account. Talk about class.
This is a call back to an earlier time when filmmakers would publicly congratulate their friends’ box office accomplishments in published one-page advertisements. With this ad Feige, a huge Star Wars fan, pays homage to George Lucas, Steven Spielberg (producer of Jurassic World) and James Cameron. The one below is from December 2, 1977 with Steven Spielberg congratulating George Lucas on Star Wars beating Jaws in domestic video rental charts.
When Spielberg’s ET broke that same record in the early 1980s, his friend George Lucas took out the ad below to congratulate him:
In 1997, when the Special Edition re-release of Star Wars broke ET‘s record, Spielberg published another open letter showing ET crowning R2D2.
And in 1998, when Titanic beat Star Wars for the highest grossing movie of all time, George Lucas bought this full-page ad in Variety congratulating James Cameron. The ad features an illustration of the Star Wars cast jumping out of the infamous sinking ship and into the ocean, representing second place.