With a domestic release date that’s still four days away, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hasn’t had a chance to take U.S. audiences back to Isla Nublar just yet. But already it’s tracking to be a global blockbuster, thanks to a surging weekend performance at the international box office.
Dinosaurs ruled the Earth — or at least a populous part of it — once again over the weekend when Fallen Kingdom became China’s second highest-opening film (behind Avengers: Infinity War) this year, snapping up a towering $111.8 million, according to Variety, on its way to a $370 million international opening take spread across 51 territories.
With rollouts still to come in other major movie markets (Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and, of course, the U.S.), Fallen Kingdom is tracking to be one of the biggest global releases of 2018. The projected $140 million to $150 million it’s expected to earn in its opening U.S. weekend may not clear the $208.8 million record set by Jurassic World, its Colin Trevorrow-directed predecessor, but then again, Fallen Kingdom already has far outpaced the first film’s $99 million opening-weekend take in China.
Even though critics are all over the map when it comes to how J.A. Bayona’s second installment in the Jurassic World trilogy moves the artistic needle, it’s a safe bet that none of it will matter with audiences when the movie opens in the U.S. this weekend.
With Disney’s record-shattering Incredibles 2 running its second lap this week, and moviegoers perhaps hungry for a tentpole that takes them farther afield than Solo: A Star Wars Story’s underwhelming box office suggests they’re yet eager for, June could end up looking like a great month to be in the dinosaur — or at least the dinosaur-making — business.
Even a T-rex only needs both of its two-fingered hands to count the days left before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom claws its way into U.S. theaters. Get ready to head back to Isla Nublar this Friday, when Fallen Kingdom makes its June 22 domestic premiere.