This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chris Pratt in a scene from, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

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In survival of the fittest, 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' soars

June 24, 2018 - 1:25 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Jurassic Park franchise is far from fossilized.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with an estimated $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend.

While that total didn't approach the record-breaking debut of 2015's "Jurassic" reboot, it proved the franchise still roars loudly among moviegoers.

The fifth installment in the franchise of dinosaur thrillers easily placed it as the top earner on its debut weekend.

Not that last week's leader disappeared: Pixar's acclaimed animated sequel "Incredibles 2" still managed to take in another $81 million as the runner-up.

The distant third and fourth slots went to "Ocean's 8" and "Tag," with $12 million and $8 million, respectively.

The weekend also gave Hollywood its first back-to-back $100 million-plus openings in a non-holiday period. 

With two blockbusters packing them in, not only were industry-wide totals slightly higher than those of last weekend, they were nearly double those of a year ago.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.