Fallen Kingdom Rises to Top

Fallen Kingdom

We all know that dinosaurs died a long, long time ago. Except in Hollywood, that is. Do they thrive there because of the mild climate? Do they stave off extinction through languid respites by the beach? Or is it because they have easy access to their favorite green, leafy food:  money?

The dinosaurs of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom certainly devoured plenty of it this weekend—an estimated $150 million in North America, in fact. That was enough to push the flick to the top of the box office, where the dinosaurs likely chortled (as dinosaurs do) at the also-rans below.

Keep in mind, Fallen Kingdom had already collected plenty of payola. Released earlier in several key overseas markets, the movie has now banked $561.5 million internationally, which makes its North American take mere frosting on an already overstuffed cake. Just call its performance veloci-rapturous.

Also worth noting: Fallen Kingdom’s debut gives it one of the year’s top five opening weekends—behind Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million), Black Panther ($202 million), last week’s Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million) but ahead of Deadpool 2 ($125.5 million). And when you look at that list of heavy hitters, you might notice something else: It’s the only non-superhero movie on the roster.

Everyone knew, of course, that Fallen Kingdom was gonna be big: 2015’s Jurassic World earned $1.67 billion all told, and it would’ve been the year’s biggest movie had it not been for a little flick called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Any would-be freshmen challengers steered well clear of Fallen Kingdom, leaving a collection of holdovers to do what they could against the Triassic titan.

Incredibles 2, last week’s champ, submitted to second but still boasted an impressive weekend take of $80.9 million. The animated film has now earned $350.4 million domestically, already making it the year’s third highest-grossing flick (behind Black Panther and Infinity War, naturally).

Ocean’s 8 pilfered another $11.7 million from moviegoers, finishing third. The R-rated comedy TAG slid to fourth with $8.2 million, staving off Deadpool 2, which closed out the top five with around $5.3 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Fallen Kingdom, especially the heavy Frankenstein parallels. Having Mary Shelley's portrait hanging in the mansion hall crash onto a dinosaur's head as a reminder of hubris and the "created" in pursuit of the creator was a nice touch. It also raised (but did not address, leaving the audience to decide) the moral and ethical debate around human cloning. Was it somewhat formulaic? Yes. Did it deliver thrills? Yes. I'm on the other side of thirty and thought this was the scariest Jurassic Park movie by far. I was grateful all the kids crowding the theater were headed for Incredibles 2 -- for their sake, and mine! That creepy, terrifying moment in the kid's bedroom is the stuff of nightmares. But, it also made me cry at the midway point. And I LOVE where the ending leaves off -- if that's where the sequel is headed, my backside will be in a seat opening day!