Dinosaurs take a mighty bite out of the box office with Jurassic World Dominion

Move over the Maverick, the dinosaurs have arrived to claim the throne. Jurassic World: Dominion took a big chunk out of the box office with $143.4 million in ticket sales in North America, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Including earnings from international shows – the film opened in various markets this past weekend – Jurassic World: Dominion, released globally by Universal Pictures, has already made $389 million. It has just started.

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

The huge amount is another sign that the box office will continue to recover this summer. With the successful successes of films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick, and now Jurassic World 3, audiences are returning to movie theaters more consistently.

The film, which has a price tag of $185 million not counting marketing and promotion costs, opened to 4,676 screens in the United States and Canada, starting with previews Thursday. The audience was 56% male and 54% over the age of 25, according to Universal.

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Critics haven’t been kind to Dino’s awesomeness, but the audience seems to be having a good time based on the polls. Moviegoers gave it an A- CinemaScore and an 81% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that word of mouth will be strong in the coming weeks.

“You want to see dinosaurs on the big screen, it doesn’t matter what critics think,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore.

Many moviegoers have chosen the largest screens possible. Globally, IMAX shows for Jurassic World: Dominion represent $25 million of the total. 3D also represents about 25% of ticket sales worldwide.

“The appetite for the huge creatures in this franchise remains voracious, and the way audiences want to experience this movie is in 3D,” Travis Reed, CEO and president of Cinema for RealD, said in a statement.

Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion are an important warning to an industry that continues to learn new lessons about pandemic-era cinema every week. Although both films are old sequels, they are not from the superhero lineup, which for a long time seemed to be the only anti-epidemic genre.

Top Gun: Maverick is still hanging around in shaky skies, too: It dropped just 44% in its third weekend with an estimated $50 million to take second place, making the North American total north of $393.3 million. Doctor Strange 2, in its sixth weekend, was a distant third with $4.9 million.

This weekend is only the third in the pandemic era that the domestic box office has surpassed $200 million, according to box office tracker Comscore. The others are Spider Man: No Way Home, in December, and Doctor Strange 2, in May. But this is the first time that there is room for two films to perform well.

“Pretty much, one movie has dominated all the huge weekends we’ve had with the pandemic,” Dergarabedian said. “In this case, we have two blockbuster films in theaters simultaneously. This is the recipe for success that theater owners have long been waiting for during the pandemic. It is an important milestone.”

Dominion, a co-production between Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, is the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy, which began in 2015 and featured 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 movie Jurassic Park.

Colin Trevorrow, who led the World Trilogy and directed the first film, is back to direct Dominion, where dinosaurs are no longer contained and locusts threaten the world’s food supply.

The filmmakers said Dominion is intended to be the last of the Jurassic World films, which grossed a huge profit with ticket sales of more than $3 billion. The former has earned more than $1.7 billion globally alone. Including the original Jurassic Park trilogy, that number rose to $5 billion.

Orr said Jurassic World 3 should continue to perform throughout the summer. Universal Pictures also has a number of diverse, high-profile, theatrical-only releases coming in the next few weeks, including horror movie The Black Phone, Minions: The Rise of Gru, and Jordan Peele’s Nope. This vote of confidence in cinemas is promising.

“This is a great start to our summer,” Orr said.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final local numbers will be published on Monday.

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. Bob Burgers: $2.3 million.

5. Bad Guys $2.3 million.

6. Downton Abbey: A New Era, $1.7 million.

7. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE AT A TIME 1.3 MILLION.

8. Firestarter $820,000.

9. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $710 thousand.

10. Ante Sundaraniki, $620,000.

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