China Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Scores Monster Opening Day
The Chris Pratt-starring reboot opens in North America through Universal on June 12.
Universal's monster movie Jurassic World bared its teeth in the world's second-biggest film market on Wednesday, taking $16.38 million on its opening day in China for a gross of $17.77 million, once preview takings are factored in.
The movie enjoyed 64,630 showings, according to data from the research group EntGroup, and 2.63 million admissions, with theatergoers paying a relatively high $6.40 per ticket.
Jurassic World was directed by Colin Trevorrow and builds on executive producer Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park series. The first two Jurassic Park films were directed by Spielberg; Joe Johnston grabbed the reins for 2001's Jurassic Park III.
The film's powerful performance knocked San Andreas out of the top spot, though the Dwayne Johnson movie still has chalked up a respectable $66.05 million in China after just nine days. It only had 26,022 showings on Wednesday, however, and it will struggle for screen space against Jurassic World now.
The 3D action-adventure blockbuster also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Irrfan Khan.