Box Office: 'Jurassic World' bites off $18.5 million Thursday night

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'Jurassic World' Expected to Earn $125 Million at the Box Office, and More

The Park is back in business. Universal's dino-sequel Jurassic World earned a strong $18.5 million Thursday night after beginning its rollout at 7 p.m. in 3,229 theaters.

This marks Universal's biggest late night showing ever, with the second best being Furious 7 at $15.8 million.

The adventure film opens in 4,273 theaters this weekend including 3D and IMAX 3D screens. It's tracking to earn $125 million or more in North America,and should gross well north of $200 million in its international debut.

Chris Pratt stars as a dinosaur trainer at the massive Jurassic World park. But when a genetically engineered dinosaur gets loose in the park, he and park manager (Bryce Dallas Howard) are tasked with stopping the animal before it kills thousands of park visitors. Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson also star.

Colin Trevorrow directed the action-adventure movie -- which is the weekend's only new wide release -- based on characters created by Michael Crichton.

The film is also opening in 66 international territories this weekend including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the U.K.

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