Let’s rewind the clock back a few years, shall we? The original Jurassic Park movie was a revelation in many ways. And is still considered one of the best movies that Stephen Spielberg ever made (which is saying something because he’s made a LOT of great movies). But then, the two sequels that followed it couldn’t match that awe and wonder of that first film and thus the series “died out” a bit. Then, out of nowhere came Jurassic World. Which not only revitalized everything, it (at the time) had the biggest box office opening ever. Leading to…two sequels that didn’t live up to the awe and wonder of the first one. Ironic, right? And yet, despite that, Jurassic World Dominion dominated the box office this week.
While projects will no doubt be adjusted by the end, Jurassic World Dominion is projected to take in $143 million dollars at the domestic box office. To be clear, that does make it the lowest grossing opening of the three new Jurassic films, but it only barely lost out to its predecessor of Fallen Kingdom. And no one expected it to get over $200 million like the original did.
The reason this is impressive is that the Rotten Tomatoes score for the film is…well it’s low. Like, really low. The critics bashed everything from how long the film is, to the acting of people like Chris Pratt, and more. And yet, if you ask the audience, they apparently gave this an A- on CinemaScore. Showing once again that the words of critics don’t always mean much if the crowds are willing to at the very least give it a chance.
Even with this potential huge box office score long-term, this movie was meant to be the “end of the saga”. So at the very least, it’ll end on a moneymaking note.