Box Office:Jurassic World hits $177M after a 2-day release
Universal’s Jurassic World is devouring everything in its path at the Friday box office for a projected North American opening of $177 million or more — the third-best weekend showing of all time behind the two Avengers films.
The $150 million tentpole, rescuing the dinosaur franchise from near-extinction, grew bigger and bigger on Friday. It is now expected to earn more than $78 million for the day alone. That includes $18.5 million from Thursday evening previews, the biggest late-night showing ever for Universal after Furious 7 ($15.8 million).
Overseas, the dinosaurs are also bigger-than-life as they stomp into a total of 66 markets, including China. On Thursday, the movie grossed $41.6 million from 37 markets for a two-day total of $65.6 million. It is No. 1 everywhere, and should easily cross $400 million in its global debut.
At this pace, Jurassic World would only be bested by Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million) in terms of its three-day weekend haul, no small feat, and bumping Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) to No. 4. It also marks the biggest opening of all time for the month of June, as well as Universal’s top showing ever, coming in ahead of Universal’s global blockbuster Furious 7 ($147.2 million).
Playing in 4,273 theaters domestically and opening 22 years after Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park hit theaters, the movie is getting the widest release ever for a Universal title.