Box Office Update – Dinos stomp the competition
You just can’t keep the Jurassic Park/World franchise down.
Every time it looks like there might be a drop in public interest, or critics are piling onto one of the entries, fans and moviegoers show up in droves.
This weekend was no exception.
Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom dominated the box office in its opening domestic frame, bringing in just over $150 million for the fifth-largest opening of the year.
The dino franchise scored another hit in spite of a 50 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Audiences seem to love the latest Jurassic flick. It earned an A-minus CinemaScore, which judges moviegoer response.
Fallen Kingdom opened earlier overseas and has already earned over $561 million internationally. That means the film has already crossed over $711 million, worldwide.
Now, none of those numbers can even come close to what the previous entry, 2015‘s Jurassic World, earned. That first reboot film finished with $1.67 billion worldwide and $652 million, domestically.
For historical contrast, not accounting for inflation, the original 1993 Jurassic Park earned just over $357 million at the domestic box office and $1.03 billion worldwide. Jurassic Park 2 – The Lost World earned $618 million worldwide and $229 million domestically, in 1997. Finally, Jurassic Park 3 – the franchise’s poorest performer – finished with $369 million worldwide and $181 million domestically, in 2001.
We came pretty close to box office history, this weekend.
Last week’s No. 1 film, The Incredibles 2 (which earned $182 million in its first frame), pulled in another $80.9 million domestically. If it had dropped just a little less, and earned a second $100 million weekend, it would have been the first time in domestic box office history that two films crossed $100 million in the same weekend.
We’ll have to wait a little longer for that to happen, though.
Incredibles 2 is already performing leaps and bounds better than its 2004 predecessor. That first film finished its domestic run at $261.4 million and its worldwide total was $633 million. The sequel has already made $350 million in its first two weekends and is at $485 million worldwide.
Incredibles 2 is poised to become the biggest animated film in box office history. It has already outgrossed Zootopia, The Lego Movie and Minions and might pass Frozen’s $400 million domestic total from five years ago by its third weekend.
Ocean’s 8 was the weekend’s No. 3 film, earning $11.6 million. The fourth film in the heist series crossed $100 million domestically and it should pass both Ocean’s 13 and Ocean’s 12 in domestic earnings. It would be a long shot for it to overtake the original Ocean’s 11, which made $183 million in 2001.
The based-on-a-true-story comedy Tag finished fourth for the weekend at $8.2 million. It has now earned $30 million in two weeks on a reported budget of $28 million.
Deadpool 2 finished No. 5 at $5.25 million. The sequel is now at $304 million domestically and $707 million worldwide.
Solo – A Star Wars Story was the weekend’s sixth-place film, earning $4 million. Solo has now made $202 million domestically and $353 million worldwide.
Polarizing horror film Hereditary finished No. 7 for the weekend with $3.8 million. It has now made over $35 million domestically.
Superfly, the remake of the popular blaxploitation film Super Fly, performed poorly in its second straight week, earning $3.35 million. The film will earn back its $16 million budget, though, as it crossed $15 million domestically.
Avengers – Infinity War earned another $2.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic total to $669 million. That’s good enough for No. 2 on the year (Black Panther is tops with $699 million). Infinity War is now at $2.031 billion worldwide, and it looks unlikely it will challenge Star Wars – The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion) at No. 3 on the all-time worldwide list.
Finally, the heralded Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – which has a 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes score – finished No. 10 on the weekend with $1.88 million.