As for the weekend, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter are currently expecting a weekend around $155 million, thanks to a strong $65 million Friday and solid legs on Saturday and Sunday. If it stayed on track for Friday, Jurassic World would stand as the 14th biggest Friday of all time. Not bad for a franchise that has lay dormant for nearly 14 years. Some insiders speculate that Jurassic World could head for a weekend around $160 million, but I'm betting that it falls squarely in the $150-$155 million range.
None of this is especially surprising to me. Among my friends, Jurassic World was one of the few films that everybody had on their list of must-sees. Universal marketed the film spectacularly and made some very smart choices that helped it in the long run. Also, I've seen the movie twice now- last night at 7 PM in IMAX, and again this morning at 11 AM- and each time, it has been very packed. There aren't a ton of four-quadrant blockbusters this summer, but Jurassic World is certainly one of them. Congrats to Universal for another hit after the successful runs of Fifty Shades of Grey, Pitch Perfect 2 and Furious 7. They have another smash to add to their mantle, and the next one (Minions) is not far behind.
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