SATURDAY UPDATE: After its Friday debut in the Middle Kingdom, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now looking at an estimated $125.3M (RMB 815M) 3-day China bow and a full second session of $184.7M at the international box office. That will take the offshore cume to $381M through Sunday, and also push the franchise across $4B worldwide.
The Jurassic series of dino adventures, which began with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in 1993, counts five pictures to date. With this weekend’s numbers, it lands in the Top 10 franchises of all time.
Fallen Kingdom opened last weekend to $151M in 48 markets and on a different release pattern to 2015’s Jurassic World which went on to gross $1.67B globally. All 51 release markets so far in the current staggered rollout have opened the J.A. Bayona-helmed sequel to No. 1.
It added China yesterday ahead of the Latin American and North American openings next frame.
In China, the opening on Friday was worth $33.5M (RMB 215M) for the 7th biggest debut day for an import. It was U’s 3rd best start ever in that market behind Furious 7 (RMB 347) and The Fate Of The Furious (RMB 392M). The score more than doubled the opening day of Jurassic World (RMB 101M) which had bowed on a Wednesday. Ahead of that 2015 release in China, Universal had whetted appetites for the franchise with a 2013 re-release of Jurassic Park.
The full estimated opening weekend on Fallen Kingdom in the Middle Kingdom will give it bragging rights to the 6th biggest 3-day opening ever and the 3rd biggest three-day opening of all time for an import behind The Fate Of The Furious (RMB 1.3B) and Avengers: Infinity War (RMB 1.2B).
The Incredibles 2, which is doing incredible business domestically, opens in China next Friday and will be a test for Pixar which had had mixed fortunes in the Middle Kingdom before Coco‘s great run.
We’ll have more updates tomorrow.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom thrashed its way into China today, opening with an estimated $34.4M (RMB 220M) including Thursday midnights. That’s nearly double the previous film’s $17.5M on its first day back in 2015, which was a Wednesday and led to a $99.2M five-day start in the Middle Kingdom. The sequel should top that in the current three-day frame.
Through Thursday, and not including the China number, the J.A. Bayona-helmed return to Isla Nublar has grossed $202.3M at the international box office in 49 markets. Last weekend, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard scared up a $151M bow to pace just slightly below the original.
With little competition apart from early World Cup play that will be a slight drag in some markets — Spain today, for instance — and almost no overlap with Incredibles 2, JW2 will blow well past $300M this overseas session.
In China, JWFK‘s opening is among the top starts ever for June and should it pass $100M in the frame, it would be the second-best launch for a Hollywood film in 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War. Next weekend, it will face the Disney/Pixar Incredibles sequel in China as that film continues a staggered release pattern.
The rollout on JW2 differs from the day-and-date global blowout of the earlier movie meaning T-Rex has yet to get it on in many hubs. He travels to Latin America, Australia and New Zealand next weekend alongside the domestic opening. Japan goes in July.
More updates to come through the weekend.