'Jurassic World' Tops Box Office And Has Rave Reviews, But Was It Better Than 'Jurassic Park'?

Toni Matthews

It's official: Jurassic World is a massive hit. The dino-driven summer action flick roared into theaters on Friday and has enjoyed mostly positive reviews.

What's really impressive is its early earnings. In just 24 hours, Jurassic World is said to have garnered approximately $82.8 million. The number gave World the third best opener in American history, behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron and the final Harry Potter movie. Jurassic World is already on course to earn about $200 million this weekend, silencing any critics who thought that the movie would be a laughable flop like previous Jurassic sequels. Speaking of which, many fans of the series have wondered just how Jurassic World measured up to Jurassic Park.

On this point, opinion among reviewers is a bit divided.

— CNN (@CNN) June 12, 2015

"[T]hat sense of wonder that distinguished the first Jurassic Park (rightly hailed for its pioneering CG effects) is sorely missing. In its place are screaming throngs, [a]nd a loud, recycled John Williams score meant to cue us to the dangers ahead."

Christopher Orr of the Atlantic encouraged audience members to both come for the dinosaurs and stay for the dinosaurs. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Anderson at the San Francisco Examiner outright declares Jurassic World to be a "popcorn muncher"-type movie.

"Just as the rebooted theme park of the title, it exists to show off some cool dinosaurs, but also to make as much money as possible. Trevorrow's cleverest stunt was acknowledging and making peace with the business end of things; he skillfully balances art and commerce.

"Like Spielberg did in the original, Trevorrow mixes likable characters with mini-conflicts of their own with awe-inspiring, show-stopping dinosaur sequences. Though the movie rampages slightly past the two-hour mark, it never feels long or slow."

"Like Spielberg did in the original, Trevorrow mixes likable characters with mini-conflicts of their own with awe-inspiring, show-stopping dinosaur sequences. Though the movie rampages slightly past the two-hour mark, it never feels long or slow."

— Business Insider (@businessinsider) June 13, 2015

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