‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ roars to big opening weekend at the box office

Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth and presumably final film in the Jurassic Park franchise, grossed an estimated $143.3 million to open in North America this weekend. The Universal Pictures film took the top spot of “Top Gun: Maverick” and represents one of the highest-grossing openings of the year to date.

The opening for “Dominion” roughly corresponds to the debut of the earlier film in the series, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” which opened in 2018 for $148 million. That’s impressive when you consider how different the checkout market is compared to just five years ago.

Another impressive achievement is that the film found an audience despite some pretty bad reviews. “Dominion” received the series’ lowest criticality score on the Rotten Tomatoes review site, with a score of 30%.

The big weekend adds to the film’s $389 million worldwide gross since it opened overseas last week.

Exploring a world where dinosaurs are running amok all over the globe, the Universal film is part of one of the most successful brands in Hollywood — a franchise that has made about $5 billion from the global market since “Jurassic Park” in 1993. checkout. †

“Dominion” also had the added bonus of being marketed with both finality and nostalgia.

Universal called it the last film of “the Jurassic era” and brought back the three stars of the original “Jurassic Park”, Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, in addition to the series’ new lead roles played by Chris Pratt and Bryce. Dallas Howard.

Despite the bad reviews, that turned out to be enough to get moviegoers to the cinema. But the lack of critical acclaim could hamper those totals as the film progresses over the coming weeks.

Elsewhere at the box office, “Top Gun: Maverick” is still flying high.

The film, which brings Tom Cruise back to his most iconic role as fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, grossed an estimated $50 million domestically for its third weekend, just a 44% drop from last week.

“Maverick,” which broke records over Memorial Day weekend and had an incredible hold on the crowd in its second week, has earned $747 million worldwide to date.

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