Move over Maverick, the dinosaurs have arrived to claim their throne.
Jurassic World: Dominion outperformed the box office strongly with $143.4 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Including international releases – the film was released in various markets over the weekend – Jurassic World: Dominion released worldwide by Universal Pictures has already grossed $389 million. And this is just the beginning.
The hefty catch is another sign that the box office continues to recover this summer. Thanks to the success of movies like Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick, and now Jurassic World 3, audiences are increasingly returning to theaters.
According to Comscore, this weekend is only the third in the era of the pandemic, when the total domestic box office exceeded $200 million.
Both Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion also represent an important warning to an industry that continues to learn new lessons every week about pandemic-era movie screenings. While both films are continuations of a legacy, neither falls into the superhero genre, which for a long time seemed to be the only genre immune from the pandemic.
Top Gun: Maverick is still soaring in thin skies, too, dropping just 44% in its third weekend, with an estimated $50 million in second place, bringing its North American total to $393.3 million. .
Co-produced by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Dominion is the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy, which began in 2015 and featured characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The newest installment brings back actors Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park.
Colin Trevorrow, who directed the World trilogy and directed the first film, is back to work on Dominion, which no longer contains dinosaurs and locusts threaten the world’s food supply.
Critics have not been kind to the dinosaur extravaganza, but judging by the exit polls, audiences seem to be enjoying themselves. Moviegoers gave it an A-CinemaScore and an 81% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting word of mouth will be strong in the coming weeks. The film was released to 4,676 screens in the United States and Canada and cost $185 million to produce, excluding marketing and promotions.
The filmmakers have stated that Dominion should be the last of the Jurassic World films to make huge profits with over $3 billion in ticket sales. The former earned over $1.7 billion worldwide alone. Including the original Jurassic Park trilogy, that figure reaches $5 billion.
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