- “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” earned a $150 million opening weekend, domestically.
- That’s the second-best ever opening for a Universal release.
Three years after “Jurassic World” gave Universal a surprising record-breaking opening weekend, the follow-up, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” took in an impressive $150 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, according to boxofficepro.com.
No one in Hollywood expected the fifth chapter in the “Jurassic World” franchise to perform the way 2015’s “Jurassic World” did, but the weekend performance did exceed industry projections that the movie would earn between $130 million to $140 million.
The $150 million tally is the second best opening ever for a Universal release, trailing only “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million).
This adds to the movie’s already very strong performance overseas.
Having taken in over $560 million abroad since it opened in many regions two weeks ago – including China where it had an over $100 million weekend – “Fallen Kingdom” took the unconventional route from most blockbusters by opening internationally before its domestic run.
The move certainly seems to have paid off – the movie’s worldwide gross is now over $700 million.
And you can already mark your calendars for the next “Jurassic” movie. Universal has announced “Jurassic World 3” will open June 11, 2021.
“Fallen Kingdom” is just the latest big opening for a big summer movie release, something that the industry lacked last year. And because the major movies are performing as they are supposed to, the 2018 box office is looking strong.
Box office profits are up 6% from this time last year, according to CNN.
This is the combination of summer blockbusters performing as expected (so far) – “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Incredibles 2” – and big performers from earlier this year – “Black Panther,” “Ready Player One,” plus the surprise of the year “A Quiet Place.”