Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feasts on US$150 million box office opening

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Dinosaurs are ruling the box office again.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom topped estimates to devour US$150 million (S$204 million) from 4,475 locations in North America this weekend.

While it fell short of its predecessors' record-shattering US$208.8 million launch, the dinosaur sequel is off to a mighty start.

The Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard-led tentpole has already amassed US$711.5 million worldwide, including US$561.5 million overseas.

Fallen Kingdom easily led the weekend as the lone wide release, though Incredibles 2 enjoyed a heroic second weekend.

The Disney-Pixar sequel picked up another US$80 million, bringing its domestic total to US$350.3 million. The superhero blockbuster, directed by Brad Bird, launched with US$182.7 million, making it the best opening for an animated feature and the eighth-biggest debut of all time.

Incredibles 2 also earned US$56.8 million overseas, taking the international tally to US$134.6 million. With a global total of US$485 million, Incredibles 2 has already surpassed the entire run of the original film, The Incredibles.

Universal, the studio behind Fallen Kingdom, is celebrating its second-best opening ever, only behind 2015's Jurassic World.

"We are obviously thrilled with our opening at the North American box office," Jim Orr, head of domestic distribution at Universal, said. "We found that we are playing very broadly in all four quadrants. (J.A. Bayona) really crafted an extraordinarily intense film. I expect word of mouth to be stellar."

The tentpole, co-produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, is the fifth installment in the Jurassic franchise. The film has received a mixed critical response with a 50 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

 
 
 

Moviegoers under the age of 25 accounted for 56 per cent of audiences, while 54 per cent were males.

Of Fallen Kingdom's US$711 million haul, US$380 million came from 3D ticket sales, along with US$105 million from RealD. It also opened on 410 Imax screens, where it brought in US$13 million.

Meanwhile, Ocean's 8 has crossed a major milestone of its own.

In its third weekend, the female-led spinoff hit the US$100 million mark in North America. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures film pocketed US$11.6 million this weekend.

Overseas, the heist movie stole US$26.9 million for a global total of US$171 million.

Another Warner Bros. title, Tag, landed in fourth with US$8.2 million. The comedy has brought in US$30 million domestically, officially clearing its US$28 million production budget.

Rounding out the top five is Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 2with US$5.2 million. The 20th Century Fox sequel passed the US$300 million mark domestically and US$700 million globally.

The original Deadpool finished its box office run with US$363 million in North America and US$783 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, Solo: A Star Wars Story reached US$200 million in North America five weeks in. With another US$2 million internationally, the Disney and Lucasfilm picture's worldwide total sits at US$353.5 million.

At the specialty box office, Won't You Be My Neighbor pocketed US$1.8 million and expanded to 348 theatres.

Morgan Neville's documentary on Mister Rogers, which secured the 10th spot at the domestic box office, has earned an impressive US$4.1 million in three weeks. The biopic will expand to 500 theaters next weekend.

Thanks to the roaring success of Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2, the box office is 97.3 per cent bigger than the same weekend last year, according to comScore. Overall, the box office is up 8.5 per cent in 2018.

"Notably, the US$150 million earned by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is more than the US$141.9 million generated by the entire marketplace of 105 films (led by 'Transformers: The Last Knight') over the comparable weekend last year," said Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at comScore.