Box Office Wrap Up: Summer Sequels Roar.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a big bite out of the box office, unseating Incredibles 2 for first place.
Universal Studios seems to have revived the earning potential of Jurassic Park, delivering another strong summer showing with Jurassic World 2. While it is pacing behind the first Jurassic World, the return to dino-land exceeded studio expectations and has already delivered big bucks around the world. Jurassic World 2 also took a chunk out of Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Overall the box office boomed as the two big franchises clashed, setting a record for June earnings with plenty of room to spare.
This Week in Box Office History.
The weekend box office was up a modest 4% over last weekend. The unexpected success of two sequels back to back, Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World 2, lifted the frame a whopping 97%. Some of that reflects on the train wreck that was Transformers 5 last summer. Nevertheless, sequels have done brisk business above and beyond expectation this month. That should bode well for Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which looks to build upon the surprise success of the first Sicario.
Top Film Last Year: Transformers 5 – Age of Extinction.
Top Film Last Decade: Get Smart.
Top Three Films.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took in 150 million dollars to secure first place. The sequel paced behind many key indicators of the first Jurassic World, but that movie had a charmed run at the box office. The first place finish exceeded studio estimates and critical response was only slightly less rosy than for the first film. 150 million dollars from the US market goes onto the eye-popping pile Jurassic World 2 has already made around the globe. Overall, it has taken in more than 700 million dollars from all sources.
Incredibles 2 dropped to second place, but was cushioned by the additional 80 million dollars it took in domestically. Pixar’s long delayed sequel has taken in more than 350 million dollars in US earnings in just two weeks. It has yet to hit many major markets like China or Japan, which should help to bolster its 130 million dollar foreign take.
Ocean’s 8 fell a spot to third place, taking in 11 million dollars. The film has begun to wind up its wide release status, dropping about 500 screens this week. With all that, it still managed to drop less than 40% over the frame, bringing its total earnings to 170 million dollars.
There were no other wide releases this week to compete with Jurassic World 2. Limited releases of IFC’s The Catcher Was a Spy and China Lion’s intriguingly titled Lobster Cop both finished outside of the top 20. I have a feeling that more people should have been on the lookout for a film called Lobster Cop…I know I am anxious to see it now!
We have another documentary cracking the top ten this week, Focus Film’s Mr. Roger’s bio entitled Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This joins RGB as two big ticket documentaries that have managed to make solid earnings alongside critical praise.