“Jurassic World Dominion” Collected an Incredible $142 Million on Opening Weekend

The finale of “Jurassic World Dominion” looks like the next big hit at the American box office. The movie collected around $142 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend. The latest numbers show that the film has secured almost $18 million at its Thursday preview.

The sixth Jurassic film continues the stellar performance of the franchise. “Dominion” was nearly even in gross with the 2018 “Fallen Kingdom” ($148 million). Higher ticket prices help it along with more premium presentations. Looking at the reviews it had till the eve of release, it was expected that the opening might be around $125 million. With a week of release worldwide in multiple territories, it stands at just under $400 million.

Jurassic World Dominion shelved a sparkling $142.5 million over opening weekend. In addition, the “Jurassic Park” franchise has had a long legacy of setting up box office records. Spielberg’s 1993 original “Jurassic Park” is the highest-grossing movie upon release at the domestic box office. Apart from “Jurassic World Dominion”, the past two films of the franchise also did great at the domestic box office. 2015’s “Jurassic World” alongside 2018’s “Fallen Kingdom” debuted at $208 million and $150 million, respectively.

The overall budget of this high-ticket movie “Jurassic World Dominion” is around $185 million, excluding the marketing costs. In order to secure an incredible amount of profit, the film must continue its current feat and perform consistently well. The movie, which had witnessed a return of “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow into the franchise, must become a blockbuster at the box office.

In a recent statement issued later this week, Universal said that “Jurassic World Dominion” is on track to earn a huge $142.6 million from 4,676 silver screens across North America over the weekend. That, in effect, will mark off the highest-grossing of a non-superhero movie in a pandemic era.

The movie editor Kate Erbland said about the movie, “I walked away from the “Jurassic World: Dominion” feeling depressed more than anything. I’m an infamously enthusiastic movie-goer, just as excited about the possibilities of a new Marvel joint or the latest film from Jane Campion. I’ve seen, understood, and acknowledged that bone-deep “is this what movies are now?” Now feeling that many other film fans have experienced through the past few years of the studio-sanctioned, cookie-cutter franchise boom and spreadsheet-created, I’ve never quite felt it so acutely.

 She further added, “Jurassic World: Dominion” made me sad because it’s stuffed to the brim with all the worst tendencies of blockbuster filmmaking. It has endless callbacks, moments that seem to hold specifically for an audience to cheer, and dumb-bunny winks. Or it also has at least a sign “I recognize that reference,” made all the worse by occasional good ideas and interesting questions.

 There is a lot of criticism on this tendency many times because most filmmakers aren’t Taika Waititi and don’t create within the confines of the studio system. Trevorrow might not have flourished creatively in any area, judging by his “Jurassic World” and a parting with Lucasfilm over a gig to direct the third “Star Wars” movie. But “Safety Not Guaranteed” remains a sweet and innovative genre blend in theory. And that could have led to further original riffs on existing storytelling tropes.

However, that breach between the “real” and the “movie magic” feels even worse within the context of this franchise. It started with a film filled with genuine wonder, and the original franchise’s subsequent films never matched that joy and actual magic. Spielberg and company conjured up so expertly that we were hoping this new trilogy would somehow find its way back there. “Jurassic World” wasn’t horrible, but it was just retread. Despite all the big ideas it presented and the turning of wonder into terror, they’ve never been fully fleshed out in a way that we could scream, “this is a movie to watch this weekend!”

It is also disheartening to see Colin Trevorrow’s stance on dinosaurs — now free! — run roughshod on the human population does actually feel scientifically sound. We totally understand his viewpoint and logic. But none of that adds up to an entertaining film, or even a franchise, worthy of the “Jurassic” name.

At the cinema, there is still a place for large-scale movies. In fact, that’s the only place for them right now. But that shouldn’t mean that Hollywood should keep making the mistakes of “Dominion”. As we have learned from Jurassic movies, even the most well-meaning creative practices can forever change the equilibrium of the world. 

Ending Lines

“Jurassic World Dominion” is set to become a blockbuster because it has already piled up $142 Million On Opening Weekend. $18 million of these were collected at its Thursday preview. Now, let’s see how long it can progress.

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