'Jurassic Park Dominion' film roars at the box-office

The international box office figures reported at $389 million placing the film on top in numerous

Mumbai: Facing mixed reviews and up against blockbusters such as “Top Gun” in the North American market and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” in India, Universal/Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World Dominion” roared into theatres over the weekend with estimated international box office figures at $389 million placing it on top in numerous markets and showing that it may be critic proof against any bad reviews.

“Dominion” took a bite out of the North American Market with an estimated $143.4 million in ticket sales. The film opened on 4,676 screens in the US and Canada & cost a reported $185 million to produce, not accounting for marketing & promotion.

In India, “Jurassic World Dominion” opened strong and is likely to be the highest opening ever for the franchise. The film opened on 2,749 screens and the final weekend tally could be in the vicinity of Rs 33 - 35 crore net.

The impressive figures are yet another marker that the box office continues to rebound this summer. With blockbusters like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa,” audiences are now heading back into theaters with more consistency.

“Jurassic World Dominion” is the sequel to “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018), the sixth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise and the conclusion to the storyline that started in the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy.

Colin Trevorrow directs the film and also co-wrote the screenplay with Emily Carmichael which is based on a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

In an exclusive interview with Trevorrow and cast members streamed before the release of the film at Hollywood Chinese Theatre, he expressed a wish that audience goers, “Get loud! Everyone watching, yell things at the screen, laugh, cry and do it all loudly. We are in theatres watching movies which hasn’t happened for a long time, so let’s enjoy it.”

The film stars an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda reprising their roles from previous films in the franchise, and are joined by DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Campbell Scott, Scott Haze, and Dichen Lachman.

Dern, Goldblum and Neill reprise their roles from the “Jurassic Park” trilogy, appearing together for the first time since the 1993 film. The film is set four years after the events of “Fallen Kingdom,” with dinosaurs now living alongside humans around the world as locusts begin threatening the world’s food supply.

However, some film critics weren’t biting, with this sixth instalment of the franchise having gained the unwanted distinction of being the worst-reviewed yet with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 30 per cent from critics. Yet, fans can’t seem to get enough of these dinosaurs with an audience approval rating of 80 percent.

“Jurassic World Dominion” sold itself on a combination of nostalgia and finality, even though it may be extremely unlikely that we’ll never see another one. However, as it is billed as the last instalment of the “Jurassic” era, the film’s stars expressed a certain wistfulness. Leading lady, Bryce Dallas Howard said, “It is a very meaningful, very powerful experience. I think all of us will treasure and hold on to it forever. It’s incredibly bittersweet that it’s coming to a close.” Jeff Goldblum added, “It’s been a profound privilege. Like many moments in life or a passion at work, I’m always inspired by it.”  

As for now, you can only see “Jurassic World: Dominion” in theaters. Last year, an unprecedented number of new theatrical movies streamed online the same day they hit cinemas. But this year, as COVID-19 restrictions have eased and audiences returned to cinemas, the practice has nearly vanished. Pretty much all movies now get at least a month and a half in theaters exclusively. However, in the case of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” it may be much longer, it's unlikely to happen anytime before late July and could be as far out as early October. “Jurassic World Dominion” will stream first on Peacock. Peacock is owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal, and Universal Pictures is the movie's distributor.

Elsewhere at the box office, “Top Gun: Maverick’ is still strong at No. 2 with an additional $50 million at the North American box office, bringing its total to $393 million. It flew past $700 million worldwide, earning $747 million globally. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” continued to conjure box office magic at third place, earning an additional $4.8 million.

In India, “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” saw an uptick in collections on its fourth Saturday with numbers growing by 60 per cent versus Friday as it netted Rs. 2.10 - 2.25 crore. “Samrat Prithviraj” netted Rs. 54.60 crore in its first week. After Rs 1.80 crore second Friday, the film grew on its second Saturday but the numbers remained on the lower side hovering around the Rs 2.10 – 2.25 crore mark.

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