'Jurassic' Takes Over the World
by Keith Simanton
June 11, 2015
Jurassic World opened with a strong $24.5M first day on Wednesday in China, France, and six other territories, presaging what looks to be a phenomenal opening weekend, both domestically and overseas. China accounted for $17M of that $24.5 total (with receipts from previews thrown in) and the film was #1 in all eight markets in 6,824 theaters.
In the U.S., where screenings start tonight, the film opens on 4,273 venues, the largest ever screen count for Universal. 800 of those are on IMAX screens, which is also their largest day-and-date release.
Tracking places Jurassic World at around $125M domestic for the weekend, which would make it the 3rd biggest opening this year, behind Disney/Marvel's Age of Ultron ($191.2M) and Universal's Furious 7 ($147.1M). World would be well ahead of Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1M) and Pitch Perfect 2 ($69.2M).
That four of those five movies are Universal's must make the folks on Lankersham very happy not to mention that the studio also just reached over $2B in international box office, the fastest of any studio in history to reach that milestone for overseas coin.
Jurassic World will be adding to those coffers this weekend as it opens up in 57 additional foreign markets with Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Korea and the U.K. also showing the Colin Trevorrow-directed film. Estimates for worldwide take by Sunday come in at $350M.
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