“Jurassic World” stomped all over the competition Friday at the box office, gobbling up $83 million on its way to making well upwards of $180 million in its opening weekend, according to Saturday estimates.
If the Chris Pratt monsterpalooza remains on track for the three-day period, it will demolish the previous high for a June release (“Man of Steel” reeled in $116.6 million in its 2013 opening weekend. It’s likely to land in the third-largest opening weekend ever spot behind “The Avengers” ($207 million) and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191 million).
The reboot stars Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard running the theme park first dreamed up in “Jurassic Park” in 1993. The park’s latest attraction, genetically engineered Indominus rex, proves problematic for park visitors and employees alike.
Overseas, “Jurassic World” has been doing huge numbers since bowing on Wednesday in some markets. Coupled with the huge success of “Furious 7” earlier this year, Universal has already topped $2 billion in global receipts, outpacing 20th Century Fox’s previous record for exceeding that sum.
Part of “Jurassic World’s” large haul is the $18.5 million generated by Thursday night showings. The “Jurassic World” previews topped “Furious 7″ ($15.8 million) as the biggest latenight showing ever for Universal. The dino tale might even oust “Furious 7” as Universal’s highest-grossing film.
Colin Trevorrow directed “Jurassic World” on a $150 million budget. The film is screening at 13,551 theaters worldwide, making it the widest Universal release ever.
The adventure pic had no trouble establishing itself as the dominant predator over other recent releases. Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” has taken a backseat to the dinosaurs after opening to $32 million last weekend. The R-rated comedy still raked in nearly $5 million Friday night, on track for a cume of $56 million by weekend’s end.
Disaster movie “San Andreas” has also been trounced, pulling in $3 million Friday for a healthy $112 million since its release.