Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jurassic Surprise! HUGE Opening For Dino Sequel Will Give Universal Film Biggest Non-Disney Opening of Year


Surprise, kids. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is over performing expectations. The weekend could gross $143 million– way over the low ball of $130 million. That would mean the dinosaurs and friends will have the biggest non-Disney(PixarLucasMarvel) opening of the year.

Blue, the smart dinosaur, had his money on this one. “Fallen Kingdom” did $58.7 million (including the $15 mil from Thursday) on Friday. Universal must be celebrating everywhere. Confidence pays off.

“Fallen Kingdom” lacks any kind of character development, but no one cares. It’s all about the special effects. They are amazing.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that “Fallen Kingdom” is in the widest number of theaters/screens known to man–a stunning 4,475. Normal wide releases are more like 3,200. So Universal will leave its largest dino footprint this weekend.

Stay tuned…

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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