‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Adds Huge $245 Million International Flight

Universal’s ‘Jurassic’ franchise the size of dinos shows no sign of dying out at the box office.

Jurassic World Dominion, the sixth installment in the long-running series, raised a monstrous $176 million from 72 international markets over the weekend, bringing its overseas total to $245 million. Combined with its $143 million domestic debut, the film is at a solid $389 million and will soon cross the $400 million mark.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, “Dominion” opened 57 new foreign markets this weekend, including China, the United Kingdom and France.

Increasingly hostile to Hollywood movies, China embraced the film, where it opened in number one with $52.5 million. Those ticket sales are way behind the opening weekend of its 2018 franchise predecessor, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($109 million between Friday and Sunday), but closer to 2015’s “Jurassic World” ($62 million between Friday and Sunday). However, none of those films faced a COVID-disabled film market.As China has barely imported any films during the pandemic, “Dominion” easily achieved its biggest non-local release in 2022, as well as its third-best showing since. the start of the pandemic, with only “F9: The Fast Saga” ($136 million to start) and “Godzilla vs. Kong” ($69 million to start).

Other most profitable areas are the UK and Ireland at $15.4 million, France at $9.7 million, Australia at $8.5 million and Germany at $7.5 million.

Though critics spit on the latest “Jurassic” adventure, moviegoers were much more receptive to the film. That’s a good thing, because “Jurassic World Dominion” has a hefty production budget of $185 million and will cost at least $100 million more to promote the film to audiences around the world. Making a profit can be as difficult as outrunning a T-Rex.

Despite “Jurassic World Dominion” casting a huge shadow over the global box office, “Top Gun: Maverick” has continued to fly in thin air. Over the weekend, Paramount’s widely embraced sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun” shot up $700 million worldwide, with ticket sales currently at $747 million. That’s a huge result for any movie, but especially for a movie that doesn’t involve superheroes.

In its third weekend of release, Tom Cruise’s blockbuster has continued to be a huge draw, grossing $52.7 million from 64 international markets. That ticket sales marks a small drop of 39% from its second outing, bringing the overseas total to $353.7 million. “Maverick” has landed the most tickets in the UK ($63 million so far), followed by Japan ($33.9 million), Australia ($32.6 million) and France ($28.7 million).

If industry skeptics need more proof that the global box office is spinning on all cylinders, Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” cleared $930 million in worldwide ticket sales this weekend. Without playing in China or Russia (two major movie markets), the comic book sequel has become the highest-grossing film of the year.

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