‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Opens Big at the Box Office Despite Being Hit Hard by Critics

Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion took a chomp out of the box office on Thursday.

The latest Jurassic World film pulled in $18 million in Thursday previews. Dominion is expected to rake in a fair amount of money this weekend with a projected $125 million, however, Top Gun: Maverick’s continued box office dominance could dampen Dominion’s haul. Especially as Dominion has mixed reviews heading into its opening weekend stateside. With a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that’s well below both Jurassic World (71%) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (47%).

The Jurassic World films, which are a continuation of the beloved Jurassic Park franchise, have proven to be box office juggernauts in recent years. The first Jurassic World movie opened to a stunning $208 million back in 2015, eventually going on to earn $1.6 billion globally. The sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, opened three years later to $150 million and ended its theatrical run with $1.3 worldwide. It remains to be seen how Dominion will perform, however, with original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern all returning, it’s possible nostalgia could serve as a selling point for the film.

While the film is only now just releasing stateside, it has been released in a few overseas markets already. The film has made $55 million internationally so far across 15 markets. That’s without the film opening in China; that will finally happen this weekend, where it is thought it’ll open to approximately $15 million. If that number holds, it’ll serve as the biggest Hollywood opening in China this year ahead of The Batman’s $12.1 million opening earlier this year.

Source: Variety

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