Dominion’s opening weekend checkout

DeWanda Wise and Laura Dern star in Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion”.

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“Jurassic World: Dominion” roared to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, generating over $143 million in ticket sales during its debut.

Internationally, the film has grossed approximately $245.8 million since opening earlier this month, bringing the worldwide total to just under $390 million.

About 10.8 million moviegoers showed up to see “Dominion” domestically, representing about 66% of total movie attendance over the weekend, according to data from EntTelligence.

“Top Gun: Maverick”, which took in an additional $50 million in ticket sales during its third weekend in the US and Canada, represented 26% of the domestic cinema audience.

“Maverick” continued to draw crowds, seeing only a 44% drop in ticket sales between the second and third weekends. This marks the second weekend in a row that the Tom Cruise-led sequel is holding strong at the box office. Between the opening week and the second week, the film saw ticket sales drop just 32%. Typically, movies see a 50% to 70% drop between the first and second weekends

“‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is still flying high, even despite stiff competition from Jurassic World: Dominion,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “For movie theaters, this is a dream scenario where two blockbusters appear on their screens simultaneously, generating excitement and buzz around the cinema experience.”

However, for “Jurassic World: Dominion” this game of diminishing returns could be much more serious. The blockbuster feature has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and could see a sharp drop in ticket sales after its opening weekend if word-of-mouth from moviegoers is also sour.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “Jurassic World: Dominion.”

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