UPDATE: “Jurassic World” is leaving a major footprint on the domestic box office. According to early estimates, the “Jurassic Park” sequel is on track for $70 million on Friday and a massive opening weekend of $162 million.
If projections hold, “Jurassic World” will see the best June debut of all time, out-muscling “Man of Steel,” which reeled in $116.6 million in 2013. The movie would also see the year’s second-best opening, behind Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3 million).
The fourth installment would be the most successful of the dino franchise. It comes over a decade after “Jurassic Park III” hit theaters and 22 years after Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” launched.
The $70 million-plus Friday earnings include $18.5 million from Thursday night showings. The “Jurassic World” previews outpaced “Furious 7” ($15.8 million) as the biggest latenight showing ever for the studio. The monster pic also looks to trample “Furious 7’s” title as Universal’s highest-grossing film.
The tentpole, which carries a whopping $150 million budget, is playing at 13,551 theaters worldwide — the widest Universal release of all time.
The adventure pic is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.