Once again the Jurassic Park films have surprised Hollywood with the fifth and latest instalment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom making $148 million at the box office in its opening weekend. Whilst this is down from the then record breaking weekend of 2015’s Jurassic World ($209 million), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom still opened very strongly and has already made over $700 million worldwide. The billion dollar mark is now just a matter of time.
Fallen Kingdom’s opening comes on the heels of Incredibles 2’ s $180 million haul last week and there was some speculation that this could be the first time in history that two films grossed over $100m in the same weekend. This wasn’t the case, however, as Incredibles 2 dropped over 55% to bring in $81 million. One record was matched however, this was only the second time that two films have opened with consecutive $100m+ weekend openings (in 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End opened with $114.7 million a week after Shrek the Third grossed $121.6 million).
Incredibles 2’s international roll out seems to have been affected by the World Cup but it has still grossed $134 million outside the US for a total of almost half a billion dollars.
At number three was Ocean’s 8 which passed the $100m mark in the US and made over $170m worldwide. Whilst this is not a particularly huge hit – it cost around $70m to make – it probably does qualify as this summer’s sleeper hit and will probably settle around the $200m mark at the end of its theatrical run.
The other significant achievement this last weekend in the US was at number 5 where Deadpool 2’s $5m+ weekend was enough to help it over the $300m mark. It has now grossed $707m worldwide.
Opening this week is Sicario: Day of the Soldado which is expected to open with between $15m – $20M meaning both Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 should retain the top two spots.