Box office preview: 'Jurassic World' set to bite off $125m-plus in U.S. debut
The dinosaurs are back, and they're looking more bad-ass than ever.
Jurassic World -; opening 22 years after Steven Spielberg's first Jurassic Park stomped into theaters -; is tracking to open to $125 million or higher in its three-day North American debut, one of the best showings in recent times. 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 opens in 66 markets. And it's getting the widest-ever day-and-date release in Imax houses, or more than 800 locations.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the long-gestating fourth installment stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan. B.D. Wong is the only actor from any of the previous films to reprise his role.
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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