вЂ?Jurassic WorldвЂ™ sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut
NEW YORK вЂ” The dinosaurs still rule the box office.
вЂњJurassic World: Fallen KingdomвЂќ surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theatres over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didnвЂ™t approach the record-breaking $208.8 million debut of 2015вЂ™s вЂњJurassic World,вЂќ it proved the 25-year-old franchise still roars loudly among moviegoers.
It also gave Hollywood its first back-to-back $100 million-plus openings in a non-holiday period. After opening with $182.7 million last week, PixarвЂ™s acclaimed sequel вЂњIncredibles 2вЂќ slid 56 per cent in its second week, with an $80.9 million haul.
The combined firepower of вЂњFallen KingdomвЂќ and вЂњIncredibles 2вЂќ fueled $280 million in total ticket sales, making it HollywoodвЂ™s fourth-biggest overall weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. Business was roughly double what it was the same June weekend last year, according to comScore.
вЂњThe normal course of box office is that the two films would cannibalize each otherвЂ™s box office in some way,вЂќ said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. вЂњThis weekend proves that if you have two incredibly appealing movies in the marketplace at the same time, the marketplace will expand. The year-to-date box office jumped 2.5 per cent in one weekend, from 6 per cent to 8.5 per cent.вЂќ
вЂњJurassic World: Fallen KingdomвЂќ has already tallied hundreds of millions in overseas ticket sales over the past two weeks. Its worldwide total already stands at $711.5 million.
The film, starring Chris Pratt and Dallas Bryce Howard, moves the action away from an isolated tropical island. In вЂњFallen Kingdom,вЂќ directed by J.A. Bayona, the dinosaurs are again threatened with extinction because of a soon-to-explode volcano.
But they are trapped by a band of mercenaries, a plot intended to mirror real-life animal poaching .
Like 2015вЂ™s вЂњJurassic World,вЂќ вЂњFallen KingdomвЂќ was able to shrug off mediocre reviews вЂ” something that many other franchises have struggled to do lately. It sits at just 50 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but received an A-minus CinemaScore from audiences.
Universal Pictures, which is planning a third вЂњJurassic WorldвЂќ film, heavily promoted the $170 million production. Drawing audiences equally young and old, male and female, and from a diverse array of ethnicities, вЂњFallen KingdomвЂќ played like a classic crowd-pleaser.
вЂњWeвЂ™re seeing exit polls that indicate all quadrants came out to see this movie,вЂќ said Jim Orr, UniversalвЂ™s distribution chief. вЂњThe majority of the audience was under 25. Obviously, weвЂ™re playing very broadly, and to families overall, and so thus the result at the very high end of our expectations.вЂќ
The domestic opening is the second best for the 106-year-old Universal. It only follows вЂњJurassic World.вЂќ
After notching the biggest opening ever for an animated release last weekend, Brad BirdвЂ™s вЂњIncredibles 2вЂќ held on strongly considering the family-film competition. Its global gross is now up to $485 million, including a $21.2 million debut in China, a Pixar best.
The female-fronted heist film вЂњOceanвЂ™s 8,вЂќ starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, crossed $100 million domestically, with $11.7 million in its third week. Thanks to drive-in double-features with вЂњIncredibles 2,вЂќ Ava DuVernayвЂ™s вЂњA Wrinkle in TimeвЂќ also cleared the $100 million milestone, a first for a black female director.
The Fred Rogers documentary вЂњWonвЂ™t You Be My NeighbourвЂќ became the summerвЂ™s second documentary to crack the top 10. Following the Ruth Bader Ginsberg documentary вЂњRBG,вЂќ Morgan NevilleвЂ™s hit documentary on the man behind вЂњMister RogersвЂ™ NeighborhoodвЂќ grossed $1.9 million on 348 screens.
Sony Pictures ClassicsвЂ™ вЂњBoundaries,вЂќ a father-daughter road trip starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, made a muted debut with $29,000 from five theatres.
Peter Fonda, who plays a supporting role in the film, on Wednesday apologized for a tweet in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump, son of President Donald Trump, should be ripped from вЂњhis motherвЂ™s arms and put in a cage with pedophilesвЂќ as payback for the policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border.
Donald Trump Jr. criticized Sony Pictures Classics for releasing the film. In response, the specialty distributor condemned FondaвЂ™s words as вЂњabhorrent and recklessвЂќ but said it would go ahead with the filmвЂ™s planned limited release.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. вЂњJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,вЂќ $150 million ($106.7 million international).
2. вЂњIncredibles 2,вЂќ $80.9 million ($56.8 million international).
3. вЂњOceanвЂ™s 8,вЂќ $11.7 million.
4. вЂњTag,вЂќ $8.2 million.
5. вЂњSolo: A Star Wars Story,вЂќ $4 million ($2.6 million international).
6. вЂњDeadpool 2,вЂќ $5.3 million.
7. вЂњHereditary,вЂќ $3.8 million.
8. вЂњSuperfly,вЂќ $3.4 million.
9. вЂњAvengers: Infinity War,вЂќ $2.5 million ($1.4 million international).
10. вЂњWonвЂ™t You Be My Neighbour,вЂќ $1.9 million.
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