“Jurassic World” Continues to Chomp the Competition


June 29-July 1, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)



Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  $60.0 million
Incredibles 2 $45.5 million
Sicario: Day of the Soldado $19.0 million
Uncle Drew $15.5 million
Ocean's 8 $8.0 million


While it finally got some competition, no movies were any match for the sheer power of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In its second weekend, the latest film about hungry dinosaurs fell 60 percent, but that was still far and away enough for first place. With $264 million in the bank so far, it will undoubtedly top Deadpool 2 by the end of next weekend, giving it a comfortable fourth place finish. It's already approaching $1 billion worldwide.

Incredibles 2 stayed super strong at second, taking in another $45.5 million. It's now the second-biggest Pixar movie ever, topping Toy Story 3. (If you'll remember, that was Pixar's biggest movie by far from 2010 until 2016, when Finding Dory took the crown.) That also gives Disney the top three movies of 2018 so far, which none of the other releases are bound to catch up to.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado did about as I predicted, taking in more in its debut weekend than any one weekend of the original Sicario. Though reviews weren't as strong, a $50-60 million total is certainly possible. Uncle Drew performed better than expectations, as the film based on a Pepsi commercial brought in a fresh $15.5 million. Ocean's 8 fell to fifth, as it's still below Ocean's Twelve and Thirteen, but should still top them by the time its run is over.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Three Identical Strangers, the wild documentary about a set of triplets separated at birth. (Almost every review has cautioned against reading it to avoid spoilers, so that's what I'm doing.) The film proved incredibly intriguing for audiences, as it averaged $32,605 on its five screens.
  • Sanju, the Indian biopic of controversial actor Sanjay Dutt, did very well. Debuting in 8th place, the Bollywood import continues a long-standing trend of strong debuts, opening with $2.5 million on just 356 screens.
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor was the only movie in the top 10 not to decline. Adding 306 more screens, it stayed in 10th place but earned another $2.9 million.

Next week: 

Ant-Man and the Wasp will prove if MCU will continue on its upward trajectory. The original debuted at $57 million three years ago, but like every sequel (save Age of Ultron), it should vastly improve on that opening. I'm expecting somewhere around $95 million for the weekend. The First Purge is its only competition, but expect that to open in fourth with only $25 million, with $40 million over five days.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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