‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Chomps Down on $140 Million-Plus Box Office Opening

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“Jurassic World: Dominion” has scored an opening befitting Universal’s biggest franchise, earning $59.5 million from 4,676 screens on Friday for an estimated opening weekend of $142 million.

While that total is a few steps below the $148 million earned four years ago by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” it has topped “The Batman” for the third-highest domestic opening of the COVID era and could still crack $150 million if Saturday matinee turnout exceeds expectations.

“Dominion” is also sharing another trait with its “Jurassic World” predecessors: it is proving to be critic-proof. While reviews for the film have been negative with a 32% Rotten Tomatoes score, “Jurassic” devotees have given it a thumbs up with an A- on CinemaScore — same as “Fallen Kingdom” — and an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers came to see dinosaurs and the original “Jurassic Park” cast on the big screen, and that’s exactly what they got.

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While Universal is reeling in another huge blockbuster jackpot, the success of “Dominion” has not come at the expense of Paramount/Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is continuing its excellent theatrical run into its third weekend with an estimated $50 million. That’s another weekend-to-weekend drop of less than 50% despite the loss of premium format support to “Jurassic World” and puts the film in line to pass $400 million domestic early this coming week.

Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is also approaching the $400 million domestic mark, adding an estimated $4.8 million in its sixth weekend for a $397 million domestic total. The MCU film will have one more weekend of theatrical exclusivity before its release on Disney+ on June 22, likely finishing just short of $1 billion grossed worldwide.

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