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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes $150 million opening weekend

Still well short of top 10 premiere weekends, thanks to Disney

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted to a $150 million weekend, beating analysts’ initial projections but nowhere close to a top 10 club dominated by Disney’s Star Wars-Marvel-Pixar machine.

The $150 million figure places Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at 20th all time in domestic opening weekends, and is about $58 million less than 2015’s Jurassic World, Universal’s lone entrant in the top 10 (and former No. 1 until it was overtaken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Still, analysts say the dinosaur blockbuster has already pulled in $700 million globally, giving it a shot at joining its predecessor on the list of billion-dollar earners.

Three of the top 10 domestic weekends all-time came from this year: Avengers: Infinity War at No. 1 (premiering in late April); Black Panther at No. 6 (mid-February) and most recently, Incredibles 2, which opened June 15. December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No. 3 makes it four within the past six months for Disney.

And Incredibles 2, after its $182 million opening last week, added another $80 million this week, plus revenue from premieres in China and India, to breach $350 million worldwide. Box Office Mojo notes that this is the first time in more than 10 years that two different films have had opening weekends greater than $100 million in consecutive weeks. The last time was 2007, with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End followed by Shrek the Third.

Also of note, The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that A Wrinkle in Time has now gone over $100 million at the domestic box office, which is a first for a film directed by an African-American woman (Ava DuVernay). THR pointed out that a pairing with Incredibles 2 at drive-ins helped carry A Wrinkle in Time over the line.

Next on the summer blockbuster hype train is July 6’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which probably won’t approach a $100 million weekend (its predecessor drew $57 million on a similar calendar date in 2015) but should keep the cash register ringing for Disney. Mission: Impossible — Fallout follows for Paramount on July 27. Its predecessor, also a July 2015 premiere, also drew $55 million in its open.

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