Yesterday, Jurassic World opened in the United States to heavy anticipation. With opening box office figures already revised upward once, they now have to go even higher than initially anticipated, with the film quickly approaching a massive record.
According to Variety, the film that was thought to open at $115 million, and then $125 million, is now approaching an opening weekend figure of a staggering $162 million. At last check, Friday figures placed the film in the $70 million range.
If current estimates hold true through the weekend’s conclusion, then Jurassic World will become the biggest-ever opener for the month of June. It will push aside the current record-holder, 2013′s Man of Steel from Warner Bros., with relative ease. Man of Steel‘s opening weekend figure stands at $116.6 million. Jurassic World will be in second place compared to one film, though, since it won’t quite reach the year’s best opener thus far: Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which bowed early last month with $191.3 million.
In comparison with previous films in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World will likely prove to be the most financially successful of all four. This is particularly striking in regards to audience anticipation for a series that’s been out of the public eye for so long, since the last film, director Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III, opened way back in July of 2001. The original film that started it all is over two decades old, since Jurassic Park hit theaters in June of 1993. Still, time will tell if Colin Trevorrow’s follow-up can match the success of the original film, which has grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office when combining its initial theatrical run and a handful of re-releases. Jurassic World is also the widest release in the entire series, opening in well over 4,000 theaters.
In our review, we said that the film couldn’t quite equal the original, but that was the most worthy effort of all the released sequels.
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