Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office Fizz: “Jurassic World” Sequel Opens 17% Down in Previews from 2015 Blockbuster


The dinosaur world is in high alert this morning.

Last night, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” made $15.3 million in previews. Sounds good, but that’s down 17% from the first “Jurassic World” in 2015.

If last night and tonight don’t add up to $50 million, the weekend take could be less than $130 million. And that was a number really hoped for.

As I wrote yesterday, Universal anticipated this and made a smart move. They released “Fallen Kingdom” internationally before the bad news could turn into bad buzz and swept up $450 million. They’ve made their money back. Whatever happens now won’t hurt them too much except PR wise.

The third installment — you have to believe they’re going to finish this thing– will have to be actually written. And Chris Pratt will have to seem like he’s happy to be there.

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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