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Only "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" had a better Friday night run. Depending on its Saturday take, its weekend haul could be good for either the third- or second-biggest opening weekend of all time.
The huge Friday comes after a successful Thursday late-night tally for "Jurassic World" as well. The movie chomped down on $18.5 million in ticket sales at 3,299 U.S. theaters.
Nothing else came remotely close to that take over Friday night, with previous releases filling out the remaining top slots.
The leviathan-sized opening proves there's still huge interest in the franchise, whose last film, "Jurassic Park 3," came out in 2001. Audiences loved "Jurassic World," giving it an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, even if the critics were slightly more cold-blooded, giving it a still-toutable 71% on the site.