JURASSIC WORLD HOLDS DOMINANCE AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE WITH A $143 MILLION DEBUT
While Top Gun persists to rise on the weekend of June 10-12, 2022, the latest chapter of the Jurassic franchise posts a fantastic opening.
The Jurassic Park dinosaurs are back in theaters this weekend, along with three cast members from Steven Spielberg’s original, renowned adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel. The sequels haven’t performed as well with critics (not even Spielberg’s), and this week reached a new low for the six-film saga in that regard. The money appears to be fine, if not quite up to the World films’ standards. Nonetheless, this is the first time this summer that we’re talking about a film that could gross half a billion dollars domestically, and it only took 30 years to make, not 65 million.
JURASSIC WORLD IS THE KING OF THE CROP, WITH A $143 MILLION DEBUT.
Jurassic World Dominion grossed $18 million in previews (from Thursday and elsewhere), placing it among the top 30 films in that category. The average opening for films with $15-20 million in previews was $153.7 million, with highs of $208.8 million (Jurassic World) and $207.4 million (The Avengers) and lows of $102.6 million (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) and $117 million (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2). (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Dominion premiered to $143.4 million, a touch less than the preview average, and also less than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opened to $148 million with $15.3 million in previews and still cleared over $417 million.
This isn’t to argue that the Dominion, which is expected to cost $185 million, will be a catastrophe. Far from it; it has already made over $250 million in sales around the world. Only Jurassic Park III failed to achieve $600 million at the worldwide box office, whereas the two previous World films grossed a total of $3 billion. Will a $5 billion franchise now become a $6 billion franchise? That could depend on its domestic box office performance, which is now ahead of The Batman, which had $17.9 million in previews, debuted at $134 million, and ended with nearly $369 million. With the summer weekdays, Dominion enjoys a little advantage. The Batman made 24.08 percent of its gross throughout the first eight weeks from Monday to Thursday, compared to 32-34 percent for the first two World films.
So, if the weekend declines aren’t too dramatic, a figure of approximately $385 million, if not more, is still attainable. Though we have to question if the people will concur with the critics and flock to other films. Even if that figure is optimistic, only Spider-Man: No Way Home and No Time to Die have achieved international box office totals of more than $600 million to date. Even the new Doctor Strange is only expected to gross $532 million, falling well short of a billion dollars. All of Dominion’s assets in the world are presently $389 million. As a result, while the United States is beginning to return to cinemas, the rest of the world may not profit.
THE TOP TEN AND BEYOND: THE TOP GUN Rises EVEN HIGHER, AND EVERYTHING STICKS AROUND.
For the remainder of the summer, Top Gun: Maverick should simply be featured in the King of the Crop section, because that is exactly what it is. It should no longer be a mystery whether or not it will be the biggest film of the season. The awareness that it was on its way to $400 million hits last week. We’re expecting it to join the exclusive $500 million club this week. Maverick dropped below the 40th percentile this week, but the third weekend over $50 million was still achieved. Only four of Tom Cruise’s prior films have made that much money in their opening weekends, let alone their third. If expectations hold true, this will be the 10th highest third weekend ever, with a total of $393 million after 17 days, exactly behind Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and Pixar’s Finding Dory, which grossed $45.4 million and $41.8 million in weekend three, respectively. Maverick will become only the 17th film to gross half a billion dollars domestically if it earns more than $24 million next weekend. It will overtake not just Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the highest-earning film of 2022, but also Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as Paramount’s second-highest-grossing film ever, behind Titanic, in a matter of days. Maverick has amassed a worldwide total of $747 million.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was on the edge of becoming the first movie of 2022 to reach $400 million after only six weeks on the market. It will now watch Top Gun: Maverick do it in under three minutes. Multiverse now has a total of roughly $398 million with another $5 million this weekend, making it the 11th Marvel picture to surpass $400 million in the coming week. The picture is still outpacing both Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3, and is predicted to gross between $410 and $415 million, placing it eighth on the all-time Marvel box office list.
The Bad Guys, a Universal animated film, is coming to a close an eight-week run in the top five. Lightyear will put an end to that next week, but it has quietly made over $91 million and may yet make $95 million, falling just short of nine figures. That’s far more than The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which is unlikely to gross more than $30 million. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also fall short of the $200 million mark, but with $190 million in the United States and close to $400 million worldwide, Paramount is unlikely to abandon the brand anytime soon. Despite the fact that the studio’s book on The Lost City is bordering between red and black, they may be considering a sequel, given that the film just missed its 12th consecutive week in the top 10 (estimates could shift back in its favor by Monday) and has now passed $105 million in box office receipts. Given that it is the only film of theirs not already a franchise player that became a success in 2022, a rise in viewing on DVD and Paramount Plus could be something they chose to build on.
Given that Daniels’ picture, Everything Everywhere All At Once, is the story that refuses to die at the box office, A24 will undoubtedly want to work with the Daniels again. This week’s addition of $1.2 million raises the total to $63 million. Focus may be rethinking bringing the Downton Abbey team back, as A New Era is only expected to gross $40 million this week, and it has already made less money worldwide than the previous picture. Despite being restricted to 150 theaters (mostly drive-ins) and still airing on Peacock, Firestarter managed to stay in the top ten with $820,000, bringing its total to $9.2 million. It’s still the year’s second-worst-received wide release (10 percent on Tomatometer), after only Liam Neeson’s thriller Blacklight (9 percent ). Finally, David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future (which is still playing in 774 theaters) has dropped 68 percent to $375,000, for a total of around $2 million.
ON THE VINE: PIXAR’S LIGHTYEAR FLIES TO NEW HEIGHTS
The dinosaurs may have the shortest run at the box office this summer, as the first Pixar film to be distributed solely in theaters in three years arrives. The story of the hero who inspired the toy, Lightyear, appears to be the summer’s biggest family event. Those who have seen it have raved about it, and it is expected to be the first family film to gross more than $200 million (and potentially $300 million) since the pandemic began.
FULL LIST OF BOX OFFICE RESULTS:
Top Box Office (US)
Weekend of June 10 – 12, 2022
|Jurassic World Dominion||$143.4M||$143.4M||1|
|Top Gun: Maverick||$50.0M||$393.3M||3|
|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||$4.9M||$397.8M||6|
|The Bob’s Burgers Movie||$2.3M||$27.1M||3|
|The Bad Guys||$2.2M||$91.5M||8|
|Downton Abbey: A New Era||$1.7M||$40.0M||4|
|Everything Everywhere All at Once||$1.3M||$63.0M||12|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2||$710K||$189.8M||10|