What did people watch?
The weekend’s big new American release, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, shot past estimates with a massive 148 million opening weekend. While it is, of course, far less than Jurassic World’s 209 million, that’s not to be interpreted as the sequel underperforming, but instead as the previous instalment overperforming. And while this won’t be matching the predecessor’s gigantic 1.67 billion gross, it’s already rapidly heading towards the 1 billion mark, with over 700 million worldwide so far. People like dinosaurs in movies.
Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 dropped 56% for a second weekend gross of just over 80 million dollars. This is impressive considering the massive opening of Fallen Kingdom, but not too surprising considering the well-deserved A+ CinemaScore. This is better than the A received by Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory, the only Pixar films so far to make a billion dollars. This should indicate that Incredibles 2, which has grossed 484.43 million so far, will comfortably cross that number, and beat Toy Story 3’s 1.067 billion to become Pixar’s biggest earner so far. What seems less likely is that it’ll become the highest grossing animated film ever, for which it would have to beat Frozen’s 1.29 billion. The upcoming barrage of summer blockbusters will make that rather unlikely.
What did people like?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom currently holds a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 131 positive reviews and 132 negative. The consensus reads, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply.” The Metascore of 51 from 59 reviews is no more positive, and both the scores place it at the second-worst position in the franchise, better than only Jurassic Park III.
However, the crowdpleasing aspect of dinosaurs fighting dinosaurs still gained the movie a CinemaScore of A-, which, while still worse than Jurassic Park and Jurassic World’s A, is at least better than Jurassic Park II and III’s respective B+ and B- grades. What I make of this A- is that while the movie will have a good hold over the next weekend, it will get crushed as soon as Ant-Man and the Wasp is released on July 6, and will keep taking large drops as more major tentpoles are released.