“Jurassic World Dominion” is the new predator at the box office.
Universal’s sequel Dino movie is expected to earn $142.6 million from 4,676 theaters across North America over the weekend, marking the highest domestic opening for a non-superhero film since COVID-19 lockdowns were first introduced. This takes the throne off the $126 million benchmark set by the “Top Gun: Maverick” debut just two weeks ago.
After taking in $18 million in Thursday previews, Universal expected the sixth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise to earn $132.5 million over the weekend.
Going back to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original, which was the highest grossing domestic ever upon its release, the “Jurassic Park” franchise has a box office legacy. The previous two films – “Jurassic World” in 2015 and the sequel “Fallen Kingdom” in 2018 – were grossed $208 million and $150 million, respectively.
With a production price of $185 million before marketing and distribution costs, “Jurassic World Dominion” will need to continue its run as a box office giant to see it go green.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow returns to the series, following up on his family, cum, suburban, thriller “The Book of Henry.” “Dominion” reunites original stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern with new-age stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside newcomer DeWanda Wise.
Dominion was largely disliked by critics, with the film receiving a low approval rating of 31% from all critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience seems to be more receptive, as is usually the case with the franchise. The Dinosaur sequel received an “A-” score from CinemaScore, indicating strong responses from general ticket buyers. While this massive opening weekend generally proves to be a case against criticism, it remains to be seen how public word of mouth will land in the coming weeks.
in diverseIn his review, lead film critic Peter Debruge was kinder than most of his peers, writing that Dominion “comes as closely as possible a sequel to the frightening threat to coexistence between humans and dinosaurs in the Jurassic film series.”
Although “Top Gun: Maverick” was decimated by the loss of super-format theaters in favor of “Dominion,” the Tom Cruise sequel still flies steadily. Paramount’s release is expected to earn $50 million in its third weekend at the domestic box office, which is a staggering 44% decrease from its second year outing. That number would also land the film among the top ten highest-grossing weekends in domestic box office history.
With Maverick’s movie approaching the domestic $400 million mark, it looks likely to overtake “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” as the highest-grossing release of the year at the domestic box office sometime next week.
Speaking of “Doctor,” Marvel’s superhero sequel is looking to grab a bronze medal on the domestic charts this weekend after taking in an additional $1.3 million on Friday. Multiverse Madness should add an additional $4.8 million over the weekend to expand its North American total to $397 million, and little by little is getting closer to crossing the $400 million mark.
Disney and “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” by 20th Century Studios appear to take fourth place, forecasting a 51% drop to bring in $2.2 million. The mobile version increased GDP to more than $25 million on Friday. While the film did a mediocre box office performance, it was not penetrated in a way that would indicate it reached many viewers outside the fan base of the long-running animated series.
Universal’s “The Bad Guys” is expected to approach the top five, expanding the gross domestic product to $91 million through Sunday. After opening for $24 million eight weeks ago, production for DreamWorks Animation has doubled for the first time by 3.8, taking advantage of a lack of family-friendly fare at the box office. That tour will conclude next week, with Disney’s “Lightyear” opening nationwide.