‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Does Monster Business at Box Office

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom (Universal Pictures)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feasted on the competition at the weekend box office with a massive $150 million opening in North America, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

The dinosaur sequel surpassed analyst expectations, to ring up the second best opening ever for Universal Pictures after the film’s predecessor, Jurassic World, debuted with $208 million in 2015.

The sequel, about a campaign to rescue the world’s last few dinosaurs from extinction after a dormant volcano roars to life, stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum and BD Wong of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fame.

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The sci-fi thriller brought in an additional $561 million overseas, pushing its global total to $711.5 million.

Critics were split on Fallen Kingdom, giving it a 50% tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite reviews calling the film “mindless” and “stale,” the numbers showed moviegoers didn’t care. The action adventure played in 4,475 theaters across North America, averaging $33,520 per location.

That was more than enough to take the top spot at the weekend box office.

Last week’s leader, the animated Disney-Pixar adventure Incredibles 2, slipped to second place with $81 million.

Ocean’s 8 took third with $11.6 million. Tag came in fourth with $8 million and Deadpool 2 was fifth with $5 million.

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Among the other holdovers, Superfly did muted business. The blaxploitation drama fell 51 percent from last week, ringing up another $3 million this weekend to push its two-week total $15. 2 million.

Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, which played together with fellow Disney release Incredibles 2 at some drive-in theaters, earned another $90,000.

That pushed the fantasy film’s domestic total to $100,389,926, making DuVernay the first black female director to ever helm a film that crossed the $100 million domestic box-office mark.

A Wrinkle in Time was released in March and is now available on DVD.

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