Dinosaurs still make money even when they’re in a bad movie


It’s not too unexpected, but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened big this weekend with $150 million box office despite the tepid reviews of the film. Clearly, the franchise has legs, and people still love dinosaurs doing dinosaur things. Interestingly, however, the movie’s box office was well below Jurassic World’s $203 million opening, which was a surprise record breaker. Sequels of this sort usually make more money, especially with how hard the film got pushed, so it not even sniffing the original’s box office is a bit of a letdown. I don’t think Universal is too upset though, but it will be interesting to see how the movie holds next weekend.

Speaking of holding, Incredibles 2 dropped 56 percent, but that still put its box office at more than $80 million, eclipsing the entire cume of the original movie. That’s a beyond incredible opening weekend for most animated films and made for a massive weekend for Hollywood. In fact, I can’t remember the last time two films opened up this well within a week of each other. This has been a truly stellar summer for the movie studios, especially Disney, who now holds the top three box offices of the year. We still have Ant-Man and the Wasp and a new Mission: Impossible coming so this should be a massive, money-making summer.

The lesson for Hollywood? Pump out dem franchise films because we’re going to show up.

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $150,001,000
2. Incredibles 2 – $80,928,000
3. Ocean’s 8 – $11,650,000
4. Tag – $8,200,000
5. Deadpool 2 – $5,250,000
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story – $4,045,000
7. Hereditary – $3,809,000
8. Superfly – $3,350,000
9. Avengers: Infinity War – $2,482,000
10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor – $1,875,000

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.