“Jurassic World” Has Third Biggest Opening Day Of All-Time
Jurassic World is stomping out the competition at the box office... and it's only Saturday.
The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise opened with $82.8 million on Friday (June 12), giving the film the third biggest opening day of all-time, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The number puts it on pace to earn nearly $200 million domestically by Sunday.
Furthermore, the Chris Pratt-led film is on track to surpass the previous high for a June release -- Man of Steel, which brought in $116.6 million in its 2013 opening weekend. It's also Universal's biggest opening day ever, and is expected to top the debut of Furious 7 to give the studio its biggest debut weekend of all time.
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"On behalf of everyone involved in the making of Jurassic World, and believe me there are thousands of us, I want to say thank you," Pratt wrote on Facebook on Friday night. "It feels so wonderful to hear the overwhelmingly positive response. We are incredibly blessed and overcome with joy at the outcome of the movie and couldn't be more appreciative for the amazing support you've shown so far. This is bigger than all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
The reboot stars Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard running the theme park first dreamed up in Jurassic Park in 1993. This time around, the park's latest attraction is a genetically-engineered Indominus Rex, which proves problematic for park visitors and employees alike.