A week before it arrives in the U.S., “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” had its opening in China this weekend, earning a $111 million launch. That tops the $97.5 million made by the first “Jurassic World” in 2015, and that total included $30 million from two whole days of previews.
In the Chinese box office record books, “Fallen Kingdom” has now entered the top ten highest opening weekends for that market, sitting in the No. 8 spot. It ranks fourth among opening weekends for import films, sitting behind “The Fate of the Furious,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
This improvement over “Jurassic World” is in part because of the rapidly growing movie theater market in the Middle Kingdom, where hundreds of cinemas are opening every year. But it’s also thanks to Universal’s successful attempts to introduce the “Jurassic” franchise to Chinese audiences who mostly never saw “Jurassic Park” when it was first released 25 years ago. China has quickly latched on to the appeal of seeing dinosaurs on the big screen, contributing $228.7 million to the $1.02 billion overseas gross of the first “JW.”
In total, “Fallen Kingdom” has an overseas total of $370 million so far, with release in North and South America coming next weekend. That includes $23 million from IMAX screens, with China contributing $10 million from 520 large-screen locations.
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