Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Scores $450 Mil Worldwide Before Expected Disappointing US Opening


Well, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has a 54 on Rotten Tomatoes. Predictions are that it will have a disappointing opening weekend at $130 million, well below its predecessor’s $208.8 million opening.

But the good news is that “Fallen Kingdom” has already made $450 million internationally.

Universal was smart. They got the dino’s, Chris Pratt and company out to foreign territories where special effects were more important than a story. Because “Fallen Kingdom” is basically the same movie as all the other “Jurassic” installments. And Chris Pratt looks like he’s asleep or dazed for most of the film.

But in foreign countries, no one cares about these things. And the special effects are super. So Universal got the jump. A low US first weekend won’t affect the international sales. Even the bad reviews can’t hurt “Fallen Kingdom.” And hopefully for a third and final film they’ll develop the story and give Pratt a Thermos full of coffee.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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