J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may have a 50% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, tying it with Jurassic Park III as the site’s lowest rated in the franchise, but a movie this big in a franchise this beloved is pretty well critic proof. And the numbers reflect that, as Fallen Kingdom gobbled up $150 million at the domestic box office this past weekend! The film had been on track to make somewhere between $130-140 million this weekend, so it’s needless to say a big time win for Universal.
Back in 2015, Jurassic World made $208,806,270 domestically in its opening weekend, but nobody ever expected Fallen Kingdom to approach that number. After all, Jurassic World was at that time the franchise’s first film in 14 years, so it was something much more fresh and new than Fallen Kingdom promised to be this past weekend.
Worldwide, Fallen Kingdom‘s numbers are even more impressive. Having been released outside the U.S. in the weeks prior to last week, Bayona’s installment in the franchise has to date grossed $711,501,000 worldwide! Yes, Fallen Kingdom is already on its way to crossing the $1 billion mark, proving that the property is still as hot as ever.
For context, Fallen Kingdom had a $170 million production budget, with a MASSIVE marketing spend on top of that, but the film has already recouped all of those millions. Needless to say, the planned trilogy-ender, being directed by Colin Trevorrow, is no doubt still a go, already set for release in June 2021.