Jurassic Franchise Roars Back

'Top Gun: Maverick' slips a notch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2022 1:05 PM CDT
Jurassic Sequel Rules Weekend
This image released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon, and DeWanda Wise in a scene from "Jurassic World Dominion."   (Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment via AP)

Move over Maverick, the dinosaurs have arrived to claim their throne. Jurassic World: Dominion took a mighty bite out of the weekend box office with $143.4 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Including earnings from international showings—the film opened in various markets last weekend—Jurassic World: Dominion, released globally by Universal Pictures, has already grossed $389 million. And it’s just getting started, the AP reports. "We couldn’t be happier," said Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution. "Jurassic World: Dominion had a very broad and ridiculously enthusiastic audience."

The hefty haul is another sign that the box office is continuing to rebound this summer. With the blockbuster successes of films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick and now Jurassic World 3, audiences are coming back to movie theaters more consistently. The film, which had a reported $185 million price tag not accounting for marketing and promotion costs, opened on 4,676 screens in the US and Canada, starting with preview showings Thursday. Audiences were 56% male and 54% over the age of 25, according to Universal. Critics were not kind to it, but audiences seem to be enjoying themselves, based on exit polls. Moviegoers gave it an A- CinemaScore and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting that word of mouth will be strong in the coming weeks.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released 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. The Bob’s Burgers Movie, $2.3 million.
  5. The 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. Ante Sundaraniki, $620,000.

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