“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Reigns over Box Office


June 22-24, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  $150.0 million
Incredibles 2 $80.9 million
Ocean's 8 $11.6 million
Tag $8.2 million
Deadpool 2 $5.2 million

With no competition, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom devoured the box office. Thought it's far less than the record-breaking opening its predecessor stunned the world with in 2015, its $150 million debut is still one of the biggest debuts of the year. It's already made more than $560 million internationally, so it's certainly on pace for $1 billion. While it's unlikely to get to $600 million, it's still going to be one of the year's biggest hits.

Incredibles 2 fell to second place, but its $80.9 million is one of the biggest second weekends ever. With more than $350 million in the bank already, it's now the third-biggest movie of the year in just 10 days. It will also be the third-biggest Pixar movie by tomorrow. (It currently sits about $6 million behind Inside Out.) It's now a question of when – not if – it tops Finding Dory to become the biggest animated movie ever.

Ocean's 8 dropped to third, making it the biggest comedy of 2018. Tag is down to fourth, topping its modest $28 million budget. Deadpool 2 has reason to celebrate, but it comes with a caveat. It crossed the $300 million threshold. Were it not for Incredibles 2, it would be the third-biggest movie of the year, but it's slipped to fourth because Pixar cannot be stopped.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: The King, the new documentary about Elvis Presley and the decline of America. It averaged $14,525 on its pair of screens.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story did pass $200 million, a somewhat decent consolation. That's good for the fifth biggest movie of the year, but you all know how big a disappointment this one's been.
  • In its third weekend in theaters, the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? has leapt into the top 10. It's now the fourth-biggest limited release of the year, and could be the biggest by summer's end.

Next week:

Sicario: Day of the Soldado will absolutely have a bigger opening weekend than its predecessor had in any weekend. That film made only $46 million, and this one will definitely top that, but not this weekend. A $25 million debut should be good enough for third place. That will be better than Uncle Drew, which I would be shocked if it made more than $10 million. (I still think this should have been an HBO special a la Andy Samberg's Tour de Pharmacy.)


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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