Friday, May 24, 2024

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct After All: Jurassic World Dominion Dominates with $143 Million Opening


For its final — we hope — installment, “Jurassic World Dominion” opened with a whopping $143 million weekend. It’s not a record setter, but in this pandemic, inflationary world, it’s not bad.

The last “Jurassic World” movie had an opening of $204 million in 2018, but that was a long time ago in terms of how people even view movies. So this just fine. Universal should be very happy, and so should Steven Spielberg. The “Jurassic” movies are a gift that keep on giving.

Spielberg no doubt suggested the whole “Indiana Jones” bit that is a through line for Sam Neill’s character, right up to the whole episode with the hat. So that’s a double dip right there. I’m surprised “ET” didn’t make an appearance.

Almost all of “Dominion” is stitched together with references to other movies. It’s not going to win any prizes, but it keeps theaters humming and that’s the main thing.

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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