It's not due in U.S. theaters until Friday (with preview screenings also slated for Thursday night), but "Jurassic World" has already scared up some big receipts overseas.
The long-awaited fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" franchise debuted with a jaw-dropping $24.5 million in its first day of release at the international box office, dominating 6,824 theaters. The flick came in first place in China, France, Belgium, Egypt, Indonesia, the Philippines, French Switzerland, and Trinidad, and was the highest-grossing debut of any "Jurassic" flick in those markets.
In China specifically, "Jurassic World" made a big splash, roaring to a $17.2 million take on Wednesday and snatching the title of sixth-best foreign film debut ever in that country. It was the second-biggest debut of all-time for any film in France, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Those are impressive numbers for the flick, which comes more than a dozen years after the last "Jurassic" film was in theaters. "World" is a direct sequel to the 1993 original, and based on these early results, it looks like it won't take much to fill those dino-sized shoes, at least when it comes to total earnings. Stay tuned for more sure-to-be-impressive results this weekend.
"Jurassic World" opens stateside on June 12.