You may have heard that Universal released the latest installment of the Jurassic World franchise a week earlier overseas than in the states– the reason? To avoid having the premiere compete with the World Cup and it seems to have been a successful move. With the Jurassic World sequel bringing in approximately $35 million dollars in the Chinese market in its opening day alone, with a worldwide gross almost equal to the films $170 million dollar budget.
Money isn’t everything. There are plenty of amazing indie films and box-office flops that have gone on to become cult classics and personal favorites around the globe. However, there is something to be said for the bandwagon effect, and if Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s early success in China is any indicator, you will want to get to the theater for this one asap.
This buzz will only go so far though, and with the writers creating a movie that too closely resembles the setup of the notoriously less-than-successful sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”– from plot progression [returning to the islands to Cretaceous creatures being brought to the mainland], to title set up with the colon, and even the featuring of Jeff Goldblum– we are skeptical of how much domestic audiences will actually be raving about the film.
What’s working in its favor is the beautifully rendered dinos, the odd obsession domestic markets have with Chris Pratt, the amazing resurgence in popularity of silver-fox Jeff Goldblum, and a lack of direct competition in blockbuster releases this weekend!
We predict the film not gross quite as much as the first Jurassic World film, but will still come in with ending box office sales around an impressive $1.4 billion worldwide. Numbers aside, we highly recommend you see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on a big screen. These movies were made to be BIG, and your tiny home screens aren’t going to do it justice. There’s little in way of spoilers so there’s no worry if you want to wait a few weeks and catch the dinos at a discount theater, but we want you to see the movie how it was intended: larger than life.