Move over Maverick, the dinosaurs have arrived to claim their throne.
Jurassic World: Dominion took a mighty bite at the box office with $143.4 million in ticket sales in North America as of Sunday, according to the studio’s estimates. Including earnings from international screenings – the film opened in various markets last weekend – “Jurassic World: Dominion”, which is published worldwide by Universal Pictures, has already grossed $389 million. And it’s only just beginning.
The hefty yield is another sign that the box office is continuing to recover this summer. With the blockbuster successes of films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick, and now Jurassic World 3, viewers are returning to theaters with increasing frequency.
This weekend marks only the third of the pandemic era, which has seen the total domestic box office surpass $200 million, according to box office tracker Comscore.
Both Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion also represent an important caveat for an industry learning new lessons about going to the cinema during the pandemic every week. Although both films are legacy sequels, neither is of the superhero variety that has long seemed the only pandemic-proof genre.
“Top Gun: Maverick” still flies in thin skies, too: It fell just 44% in its third weekend at an estimated $50 million to finish in second place, pushing its North American total to over $393.3 million brings.
Co-produced by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Dominion is the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy, which began in 2015 and introduced characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The latest installment brings together actors Laura Dern, Sam Neill and back Jeff Goldblum from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park.
Colin Trevorrowwho directed the World trilogy and directed the first film, returned to Dominion, which is devoid of dinosaurs and locusts threaten world nutrition.
Critics were not friendly to the dino extravaganza, but audiences appear to be enjoying themselves, according to exit polls. Moviegoers gave it an A-CinemaScore and an 81% viewership rating on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting word of mouth will be strong in the coming weeks. The film ran 4,676 screens in the US and Canada and reportedly cost $185 million not including marketing and advertising to produce.
The filmmakers have said Dominion will be the last of the Jurassic World films to be hugely profitable with over $3 billion in ticket sales. The first earned over $1.7 billion worldwide alone. Including the original Jurassic Park trilogy, that number skyrockets to $5 billion.
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