UPDATED, Saturday AM: Now at play in 48 offshore markets, Universal/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is looking at an estimated full weekend opening of $145.9 million after taking $26.8M on Friday. A clear No. 1 in all hubs since it began its rollout June 6, the J.A. Bayona-helmed sequel to the 2015 classic franchise reboot is landing at the high end of the range that our industry sources saw ahead of the bow.
The release pattern on this Chris Pratt– and Bryce Dallas Howard-starrer is differently configured than the day-and-date 2015 film, which smashed records when it bowed everywhere three years ago. Given the pent-up demand for that movie, which came 14 years after the previous Jurassic installment, the industry has been cautious about pinning the same tail on these dinos. In like-for-like markets and at today’s exchange rates, Jurassic World opened to $158.6M in 2015. The $145.9M that JWFK is seeing through this weekend is just 8% off that start and is likely to shift some before we get tighter numbers tomorrow.
Estimates for the Top 5 markets are Korea at $26.3M, the UK with $18.9M, France with $9.6M, Germany‘s $9M and Taiwan‘s $8.1M. China is still to release on June 15 in a field by itself, and domestic and Latin America head to Isla Nublar on June 22.
Currently, JWFK has scored the fifth-biggest international opening weekend of 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War, Monster Hunt 2, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther (all of those films launched in more than 60 markets in their opening weekends excluding MH2). It will continue to dominate offshore play as the World Cup soccer tournament gets rolling beginning next week.
Here are some other stats that T-Rex has been chewing on: With JWFK, Universal had its biggest opening day ever in Hong Kong and Korea. In the latter, JWFK scored the industry’s best opening day of all time on Wednesday (see earlier updates below). The movie had the top June bow ever in Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Iceland and Mongolia.
Across the Jurassic franchise, Fallen Kingdom had the best start in 14 markets including those above as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, Indonesia and the Philippines.
We’ll have more updates on Sunday.
UPDATED, Friday: Adding 23 offshore markets on Thursday, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has upped its international box office to $39.3M in early play. The J.A. Bayona-directed installment was open in 30 total markets through yesterday.
Ahead of the start of overseas rollout, industry sources were placing this film’s debut in a $130-$145M range. We now see it handily ticking past $140M.
Unsurprisingly given the legacy, JWFK is No. 1 in all releases so far, including the record-breaking start in Korea on Wednesday (see below). That was a holiday, so Thursday’s number was naturally down, but unofficial local reports have it bouncing back up today. The running come through Thursday in Korea is $11.5M.
Hong Kong opened with an excellent $739K to score Universal’s biggest opening day of all time. Russia, where they’re getting ready to host a little soccer tournament, bowed with $2.4M, including previews. Ukraine blasted 63% past the previous film with $175K.
In keeping with what we see as increased action in the growing South East Asian markets, Thailand opened to $886K and is 19% ahead of 2015’s Jurassic World.
The UK, which opens in earnest today, had a second day of previews on Thursday and has now grossed $4.9M.
Apart from the UK, India and Taiwan are also launching today.
UPDATED, Wednesday writethru: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom started offshore rollout in seven overseas markets on Wednesday and served up $20.2M (including previews) in its first dino-stomping steps at the international box office. In total, the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel to 2015’s reboot of the classic franchise will be at play in 48 offshore markets this weekend, one week ahead of the China release, and two before domestic gets its first bite.
There was a roaring start in Korea on the Chris Pratt/Bryce Dallas Howard-starrer which opened to a record breaking $9.7M (10.3B won) and over 1M admissions to become the biggest opening day of all time in both admissions and box office. The local Memorial Day bow beats all previous opening day box office records which were previously held by Universal’s own The Mummy (7.4B won) and in terms of admissions by Avengers: Infinity War (980K).
Elsewhere, France opened with $1.7M and is No. 1 with 60% market share; Indonesia bowed to $1M (120% bigger than Jurassic World‘s opening day/2nd biggest Wednesday launch for Universal); and Germany scored No. 1 with $865K/55% market share.
The Philippines had a great No. 1 opening with $732K for 27% ahead of JW the first. In Belgium, the T-Rex is aces at 64% market share at $156K.
In previews, Singapore is the 4th biggest single day ever with $264K which is 10% bigger than Jurassic World. The UK‘s Wednesday previews of $2.9M are Universal’s 2nd biggest Wednesday previews of all time. Malaysia also had a great day of previews with $441K, at the same level as Jurassic World.
The top markets on the juggernaut 2015 Jurassic World, which met pent-up anticipation after nearly 15 years, were China, the UK, Japan, Germany and Mexico. Given the increased action in South East Asian markets over the past two years as they throw off bigger and bigger numbers, the debut of JWFK is promising.
Ahead of the start of overseas rollout, industry sources were placing this film’s debut in a $130-$145M range with some going up to $150M. It’s important to factor that Korea’s record-smashing Wednesday was a holiday and that weather throughout Europe is frustratingly mercurial. Not to put too fine a point on it, but we’ll have a better sense of JWFK’s opening weekend once more numbers roll in.
Markets are coming on board today including Italy, Russia, and Hong Kong.