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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Dinosaurs rule the box office again with ‘Jurassic World 3’!

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Move over Maverick, the dinosaurs have come to claim your throne.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, “Jurassic World: Dominion” took a massive hit at the box office with $143.4 million in North American ticket sales. “Jurassic World: Dominion,” released globally by Universal Pictures, has already grossed $389 million — the film opened in various markets last weekend — including earnings from international showings. And it’s just getting started.

Universal’s head of domestic distribution, Jim Orr, said: “We couldn’t be happier. “‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ had a very wide and ridiculously enthusiastic audience.”

The massive run is yet another sign that the box office is on its way back this summer. With the blockbuster success of movies like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, “Top Gun: Maverick” and now “Jurassic World 3”, audiences are constantly coming back to the theatres.

The film, which did not have an $185 million price tag for marketing and promotional costs, opened to 4,676 screens in the US and Canada with preview screenings on Thursday. According to Universal, the audience was 56% male and 54% over the age of 25.

Critics weren’t kind to the dino extravaganza, but viewers seem to be enjoying it based on exit polls. Moviegoers gave it an A-Cinemascore and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting that word of mouth will strengthen in the coming weeks.

“You want to see dinosaurs on the big screen, no matter what the critics think,” said Paul Dergarbadian, senior media analyst at comScore.

And many filmmakers opted for the biggest screen possible. Globally, IMAX performances for “Jurassic World: Dominion” represented a total of $25 million. The 3D format accounts for about 25% of ticket sales worldwide.

“The appetite for the giant creatures in this franchise is still raging, and the way audiences want to experience this film is in 3D,” said Travis Reid, CEO and President of Cinema for RealD, in a statement.

Both “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World: Dominion” are an important warning to an industry that keeps learning new lessons about the pandemic-era film every week. Although both films are legacy sequels, neither is of the superhero kind, which for a long time, seemed like the only pandemic-proof genre.

“Top Gun: Maverick” still coasts in rarefied skies: It fell just 44% in its third weekend, taking second place with an estimated $50 million, bringing its North American total north of $393.3 million. “Doctor Strange 2” was at third place with $4.9 million in its sixth weekend.

According to box office tracker comScore, this weekend is only the third of the pandemic era in which the total domestic box office has crossed $200 million. Others were “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December and “Doctor Strange 2” in May. But this is the first time that two films have got a chance to do well.

“A lot of the big blockbuster weekends we’ve had over the pandemic have been dominated by one film,” Dergarabedian said. “In this case, we have two big blockbusters in theatres. This is the recipe for success that theater owners have been waiting for during the pandemic. This is an important milestone.”

“Dominion”, a co-production of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, is the third film in the “Jurassic World” trilogy, which began in 2015 and features characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The latest installment brings back actors Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park.”

Colin Trevorrow, who pioneered the “World” trilogy and directed the first film, directed “Dominion,” in which dinosaurs are no longer contained and locusts threaten the world’s food supply.

Filmmakers have stated that “Dominion” is intended to be the last of the “Jurassic World” films that have been highly profitable with more than $3 billion in ticket sales. The first grossed over $1.7 billion globally alone. Including the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy, that number grew to $5 billion.

“Jurassic World 3” should continue to perform throughout the summer, Orr said. Universal Pictures has a number of diverse, high-profile and theatrical-only releases scheduled over the next few weeks, including the horror film “The Black Phone,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and Jordan Peele’s “Nope.” And this vote of confidence in theaters is promising.

“It’s a tremendous start to our summer,” Orr said.

According to comScore (final home figures will be released on Monday), estimated ticket sales in theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday:

  1. “Jurassic World: Dominion,” $143.4 million.
  2. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $50 million.
  3. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $4.9 million.
  4. “The Bob’s Burger Movie,” $2.3 million.
  5. “Bad Guys,” $2.3 million.
  6. “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” $1.7 million.
  7. “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” $1.3 million.
  8. “Firestarter,” $820,000.
  9. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” $710,000.
  10. “East Sundaraniki,” 620,000.
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