Following Paramount Top Gun: Maverick showing off your stuff and Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ charge $1 billion, Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominance will prove once again that there is a global appetite for cinema nearly two years after theaters reopen.
Jurassic World Dominancewhich has Colin Trevorrow returning to the director’s chair after skipping 2018’s fallen kingdomwill see its worldwide box office rise to $325 million + after debuting in the US and Canada with at least $125 million in over 4,600 cinemas, plus another $120 million + of 59 new offshore markets, including China (US$ 150 million+ if you include remnants). The trio already started strong last weekend with $55.7 million from 15 territories including Korea and Mexico.
in the United States, Domain is about to be the third best start for the franchise after Jurassic Worldof US$ 208.8 million in 2015 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s $148M in 2018. All rival studios are staying out of the dino lane regarding new releases. Eight reviews on Rotten Tomatoes show 88% fresh currently (Fallen Kingdom was 47% rotten while Jurassic World was 71% fresh). for a moment there, Jurassic World held the all-time national opening record in 2015 before it was unseated by Star Wars The Force Awakens six months later that year with $247.9 million. Of course, this record 3-day domestic BO opening would end up being owned by Avengers: Endgameof US$ 357.1 million.
Part of the wanting to see here on Friday factor Jurassic movie is the complete return of the original Jurassic Park actors Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum, who last appeared together in the 1993 film. The production, which included 40,000 Covid tests and $6 million to $8 million in pandemic protocols, was one of the few mainstays from Hollywood to begin filming during the pandemic, granted outside the US, with a delayed start date from February to July 2020. for a break in October of that year due to positive COVID results. As Deadline first reported, production wrapped up after nearly 100 days of filming in early November 2020.
Here in the states, we hear that presales for Jurassic World Dominance are walking at a similar level to that of Top Gun: Maverick before its opening, which resulted in a 3-day $126.7 million. There are some stunt previews going on for Domain but most of the preview money will be collected starting Thursday at 4pm, which is also when all Top Gun 2 large format and PLF screens go to the dinosaurs.
Despite Domainpresence of, the notion is that both Top Gun 2 and the prehistoric beast movie can live together and not cut off each other’s ticket sales. Top Gun 2 is expected to drop about -50% for an estimated third weekend of $45 million. There is a bit of overlap in the mid-life demos of both films, but Domain it’s family oriented, while the Tom Cruise movie is older. On your second Monday, Top Gun 2 continued to do double-digit business with US$ 12.4 milliontaking your running total to $308 million.
With China only waking up again as Beijing returns to somewhat normal everyday life, this is the market to watch. About 80% of the country’s cinemas are operating, although those in Shanghai are still closed and there are capacity restrictions in other areas. Studio films have been showing in China since the last Covid wave and have been severely impacted in these two key cities, but Domain it is the first major Hollywood title to be released there with most theaters open. Pre-sales have been strong and, depending on word of mouth, the market could be above $40 million. F9, which is not a comparison here, started in China last year in a healthier market, with US$ 136 million.
Here are some comps: in the same set of new foreign markets this weekend and at today’s rates, Jurassic World opened to $226 million ($187 million excluding previews) while fallen kingdom dropped to $227 million ($212 million, excluding previews).
Latin America ate the first arc in the last frame, with records in several markets for Domain. Family audiences turned up with anecdotal stories from four generations watching the screenings. Last weekend’s Top 5 were Mexico ($18.1 million), Korea ($15.2 million), Brazil ($4.3 million), Italy ($3.4 million) and Hong Kong. Kong ($2.9 million).