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Universal’s Jurassic World stomped to an impressive $24.5 million on its first day of play internationally, including $17.2 million in China.
The $150 million tentpole — opening 22 years after Steven Spielberg‘s first Jurassic Park hit theaters — stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan. B.D. Wong is the only actor from any of the previous films to reprise his role.
Jurassic World earned $21 million on Wednesday in the eight markets where it debuted and $3.5 million from previews in 12 additional markets.
This time out, Colin Trevorrow is in the director’s chair after catching Hollywood’s eye with indie film Safety Not Guaranteed. He directed from a script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, his screenwriting partner. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote an earlier version of the script. Legendary Pictures co-financed Jurassic Park with Universal, with Spielberg executive producing via his Amblin Entertainment and Frank Marshall returning to produce (Patrick Crowley is also a producer). Legendary’s Thomas Tull executive produced.
Jurassic World should gross well north of $200 million in its international debut, and $125 million or more in North America, where it begins rolling out Thursday night before landing in a total of 4,273 theaters on Friday, the widest release in Universal’s history.
Overseas, the tentpole is opening in a total of 66 markets this weekend.
Set two decades after the events in Jurassic Park, Jurassic World features a fully operational dinosaur theme park on the island of Isla Nublar. Pratt plays a skilled dinosaur trainer, while Howard plays the operations manager whose niece and nephew come to visit just as a new hybrid dinosaur, Indominus rex, is unleashed.
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