Analysts had high hopes for Jurassic World's box office potential, but it's gone above and beyond the call of duty. After opening late Thursday night, and running in 4,273 theaters throughout Friday, the Colin Trevorrow directed sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park has pulled in a record breaking $82.8 million to become the biggest June opening day release of all-time. It beats previous record holder The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by a long mile, with that film only pulling in $68.5 million when it was released June 30, 2011.
Things looked good on Friday, with $18.5 million of Jurassic World's $82.8 million take coming from advanced Thursday night screenings. While it didn't break any records there, it did put the film on track to beat Man of Steel's June opening weekend record of $116.6 million. It's speculated that Jurassic Park will have pulled in more than $180 million by the time Monday comes around. So rest assured, we haven't seen the last of these dinosaurs. A sequel is all but imminent.
With it's estimated $19,000 per theater, Jurassic World is the third highest grossing opening day and single day on record. It is bested by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which pulled in $91.1 million back in 2011, and this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, which nabbed $84.4 million this past May. That Marvel movie holds the biggest weekend record with $207.4 million.
With Jurassic World's numbers so unexpectedly high on Friday, it's quite possible that the film could pull in over $200 million by the time the smoke clears, with the film a surprise phenomenon that could certainly give Avengers: Age of Ultron a run for it's money. The film has garnered a rare A CinemaScore, which means audiences love it and will likely be back for more. This is Chris Pratt's third giant blockbuster release in a row following last year's The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. Don't look for this guy to be going anywhere anytime soon. How much do you think Jurassic World will have in the bank come Monday morning?