After fourteen years of waiting since the release of the last installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic Park III back in 2001, Jurassic World is finally making its way into theaters starting on Thursday, and it is looking like it is going to dominate the box office this weekend.
According to Variety and other outlets that have been tracking the numbers, Jurassic World is easily going to make more than $100 million this weekend, if not a whole lot more. As of right now, advance tickets sales for the Universal Pictures blockbuster have been through the roof, outselling Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7.
“We’re heading into the same territory where we were with ‘Avengers,’ where things are getting out of control with the numbers. It’s not a matter of whether or not people are interested. It’s how much they like it. Word-of-mouth will dictate how much it explodes,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
It should be noted that just because advanced ticket sales have been higher than those films, it does not mean, nor is it likely that it will do more business than either of those films did domestically this weekend.
The film is being rolled out to several major markets around the world this weekend and though the domestic numbers are looking impressive, the international numbers are looking even more so. By Monday, the film could easily have made more than $400 million around the globe.
The film, which stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio, takes place 22 years after the original film with John Hammond’s dream of a functioning dinosaur theme park fully realized.
Universal and Legendary Pictures both financed the film, which has an estimated budget of $150 million, and they haven’t been shy about advertising the fourth installment of the franchise. There have been more than 15 different TV spots and several full-length trailers, as well as a worldwide press tour for director Collin Trevorrow’s big studio movie debut. (His only previous film was the low budget Safety Not Guaranteed).
Early buzz for has been pretty positive, as Jurassic World currently has a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is significantly better than JP3, which currently has a 49%.
Jurassic World opens in theaters everywhere Friday with advance screenings on Thursday.