'Jurassic' Knocks It Outta the Park

by Keith Simanton

June 12, 2015

Jurassic World outperformed even the most optimistic of forecasts with an $82.8M Friday, the third best Friday opening on record, with only Age of Ultron ($84.4M) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ($91M) still ahead of it.

Universal, who was playing it cool with estimates of $100M for the weekend, are now putting the three-day total at an astonishing $181.4M. Some reports are even putting it higher, at $192.7.

If we stay with the studio's $181.4M that's still the third biggest opening weekend of all time only behind Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2M) and Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4).

If you believe Universal is still being conservative in their estimates and go with the $192.7 Jurassic World goes ahead of Ultron as the second biggest opening weekend to date.

This also catapults June from the 6th to the 2nd spot on the top opening weekends by month. Before Jurassic World June stacked up like this:

6th place June Top film: Man of Steel ($116.6M)
5th place April Top film: Furious 7 ($147.1M)
4th place March Top film: The Hunger Games ($152.5M)
3rd place November Top film: Catching Fire ($158M)
2nd place July Top film: Deathly Hallows 2 ($169M)
1st place May Top film: Marvel's The Avengers ($207M)

With that ranking now reshuffled it may cause some execs, who seem to use June as a breather between the opening May salvo and their July kicker, to rethink the viability of opening a massive tentpole in the month.

How'd we get here? The terrific $18.5M on Thursday night and its impressive international launch on Wednesday proved to be like the ripples in the water glass in the original Jurassic Park, warning that something big was coming. The scary thing? Jurassic World isn't done yet.

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