Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise is getting ready to devour its competition.
According to a report from Variety, ticket sales for Jurassic World — opening on June 12th — are shaping up to create a massive box office opening for the film, and are estimated to be north of $100 million domestically. This is a very impressive projection, and if true, will certainly be an impressive showing for a franchise that hasn’t had an installment in theaters since the less-than-impressive Jurassic Park III bowed in 2001.
With pre-release ticket sales apparently generating a lot of revenue at Fandango since going on sale on May 15th, Jurassic World has been a solid performer on the popular movie ticket website since then. With a marketing campaign emphasizing the strong elements of nostalgia related to the first film in the series from 1993, Jurassic World is trying to position itself in pre-release materials as a true successor to the original film directed by Steven Spielberg, even though it features only one returning cast member who played a relatively minor role in that film (though he did have a more prominent part in Michael Crichton’s original novel). Although not a cast member per se, we also know of one other prominent character from the first film who will be making her return in the latest entry.
Universal Pictures is having an excellent year thus far, and is currently ranked number two behind Disney in terms of box office performance due to the immensely well-received Furious 7. If Jurassic World does indeed pass the $100 million opening mark when it’s released next month, it will be the third film of the year to do so behind the aforementioned Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Comparatively, 2014 had only one movie for the entire year open that high: Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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