The Universal Studios release completely blew threw pre-release expectations to become the no. 3 single day gross of all-time behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2’s” $91 million and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which took in $84.4 million last month. Now “Jurassic World” has a clear shot at besting “Age of Ultron’s” three-day take of $191.2 million, the no. 2 opening weekend ever.
As Variety points out, 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)..
Unlike other releases this summer which have disappointed compared to pre-release polling, the performance of the Colin Trevorrow directed action flick is jaw-dropping. At best, many believed “Jurassic World “would earn between $140-150 million over its opening frame. The idea that it may earn more in one weekend than what “Jurassic World III” took in overall in 2001 ($181.1 million) is simply stunning.
One movie reviewer said: “Jurassic World” matches the wit and pace of a 1990s monster movie with the attitudes and anxieties of 2015, and the result is a film that’s as smart as it is exciting.”
As for the rest of the movies at the box office, Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” held on as well as it could dropping to no. 2 for another $4.7 million and $45.7 million overall. The 20th Century Fox comedy should make it past the $100 million mark, but it’s not the smash many thought it would be.
“San Andreas” was still shaking in third with $3.1 million and $111.4 million to date. The Warner Bros. release will cross $300 million worldwide sometime today.
“Insidious Chapter 3” showed some resilience for a horror sequel by taking the fourth slot with another $2.6 million and $32.7 million in just eight days.
Universal Pictures other summer blockbuster, “Pitch Perfect 2,” rounded out the top five earning $2 million for a domestic cume of $166.7 million.