Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a sequel that was pacing 28 percent behind the launch of Jurassic World three years ago, thundered to $150 million in its North American box office opening this weekend, providing some major momentum for Hollywood’s sizzling summer.
Thanks in large part to families, Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened to the better-than-expected debut haul at the North American box office. The film comes one week after Disney and Pixar’s animated epic Incredibles 2 launched to a record-shattering $182.7 milion domestically, and it shows that the buying power of the families remains strong in Hollywood.
According to Universal, 56 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25 — the exact same percentage as Incredibles 2.
Conversely, that compares to 50 percent for the first Jurassic World, or 42 percent for the recently released all-audience tentpole Avengers: Infinity War, and the just 18 percent of under-25s for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Jurassic World 2 also bested Disney’s March family live-action film A Wrinkle in Time, whose opening weekend audience included only 42 percent under the age of 25.
The dinos took a massive bite out of last week’s top movie Incredibles 2, which fell 56% to $80.9 million; the Disney-Pixar film had a $182.7 million opening last weekend, the best-ever for an animated film. The back-to-back box office bonanzas are easily the biggest the movie industry has seen
Incredibles 2 is now up to $350 million in 10 days domestically, topping the entire run of the 2004 original and making it the No. 3 film of the year behind Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther ($700 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($670 million). The animated superhero feature added $57 million in its second week abroad, including a $21 million China debut at No. 2 behind Fallen Kingdom, to raise its foreign total to $134.7 million and global haul to $485 million.
Elsewhere, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? cracked the top 10 with $1.87 million after expanding to 348 locations in its third week. The look at kids TV host Fred Rogers (99% Fresh on the Tomatometer) is at $4.1 million domestically for Focus Features. Ocean’s 8 is up to $100.3 million for Warner Bros. after an $11.6 million third-place showing. Fox’s Deadpool 2 was fifth with $5.2 million and topped $304 million domestically and $700 million globally. This week it finished behind the R-rated comedy Tag, which fell off just 45% in its second week to come in fourth with $8.2 million. Solo: A Star Wars Story sputtered to $202 million domestically after adding $4 million for sixth.
The Top 10: June 22-24
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $150 million domestic opening ($150 million domestic total)
- Incredibles 2 – $80.9 million ($350.3 million)
- Ocean’s 8 – $11.6 million ($100.3 million)
- Tag – $8.2 million ($30.3 million)
- Deadpool 2 – $5.2 million ($304.1 million)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story – $4 million ($202.1 million)
- Hereditary – $3.8 million ($35 million)
- Superfly – $3.3 million ($15.2 million)
- Avengers: Infinity War – $2.4 million ($669.4 million)
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – $1.87 million ($4.1 million)
[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]