Surprising most of us with another large opening, Universal and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” grossed $148 million, becoming only the second time ever that two films have consecutively opened at more than $100 million two weeks in a row. The first was "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's" $114.7 million opening that followed "Shrek the Third's" $121.6 million opening from the prior weekend. Down by approximately 28% from its predecessors $208 million opening, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is off to a solid start while simultaneously competing with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.” With an A- Cinemascore, a slight drop off from 2015’s A Cinemascore for “Jurassic World,” the sequel seems to have a chance at matching or meeting the challenge set by the first film.
The film has some tough tests to come though, while this weekend will be relatively easy to retain that number one spot with “Sicario: Day of the Saldado” and “Uncle Drew” being the only competitors, the following weekend won’t be as easy. The openings of “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Skyscraper,” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will surely provide a stiff challenge. The first film didn’t drop more than 50% till it's ninth week, it will be far more difficult for the sequel which is set to gross somewhere between $350-$375 million in domestic markets. With a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score, a 2/4 star rating by RogerEbert.com, and a 1.5/4 star rating from this site, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” doesn’t have a lot of critical backing, so the legs of this film will be intriguing to watch.
While the movie opened this past weekend in domestic markets, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is entering its third week in international markets, debuting in 17 new markets and ranking number one in 16 of them. Feasting its way up the box office rankings, grossing an additional $106 million from overseas. China provided a hefty $202.6 million and will deliver even more over the next weekend, as the film currently stands at $711 million with it's worldwide gross. The third largest release of 2018 thus far, and is sure to surpass the one billion dollar mark at some point.
“Incredibles 2” followed up its monstrous debut with a second place finish, rounding in $80 million as it approaches a $350 million domestic total in only ten days, making it one of the top ten highest grossing animated films of all-time. Dropping approximately 55.7% from its last weekend total, “Incredibles 2” stifled with some competition from the roaring land of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but it also became Pixar’s fourth largest release ever.
Internationally, “Incredibles 2” opened in China, India, and Thailand over the weekend and brought in an estimated $56.8 million. Cuming an overseas total of $135 million while opening in around 44% of all international markets and opening in China with $21.2 million as the largest opening for any Pixar movie ever in China. Combined with its domestic numbers, “Incredibles 2” is quickly on its way to $500 million in a matter of two weeks of release.
“Ocean’s 8” holds surprisingly steady, conning it's way to a 38.6% drop off from last weekend for an estimated $11.5 million weekend, pushing their domestic total over $100 million in its third week of release. Overseas, the film brought in additional $70 million allowing it's worldwide total to steal more than $170 million over the weekend. “Tag” landed in fourth place as it follows suit of Warner Bros. “Game Night,” growing in popularity over time, bringing an estimated $8.2 million over the weekend.
Rounding at the top 5 is Fox’s “Deadpool 2” which added $5.25 million over the weekend, bringing its total to over $300 million, while also reaching a milestone in its international gross by crossing the $400 million mark, bringing the film’s worldwide cume to $707 million. Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” falls outside the top five with a $4.5 million weekend, finally crossing the $200 million barriers in its domestic gross. Internationally adding a mere $2.6 bringing it's foreign market total to just over $150 million as it totals out at $353 million in it's worldwide gross as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is not soaring as high as Disney would have hoped for.
Other top stories include Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” expanding into 348 location and grossing $1.875 million as it surpassed $4 million with its domestic total. Focus Features plans on releasing it into 500 more theaters as fourth of July approaches. Residing at a 99% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5/4 score on RogerEbert.com, and a 4/4 star rating from us, it is a film that audiences definitely need to see. A24's "Hereditary" dropped 47% from last weekend as it cumed a little over $3.6 million as it surpassed a $36 million domestic total. “Avengers: Infinity War” added another $2.5 million to its domestic total as it closes in on a $675 million domestic total and attempts to get as close as possible to “Force Awakens” $2.068 billion record as it resides at $2.030 billion currently.
It will be interesting to see how close Thanos can get, as “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Uncle Drew” plan to open up this weekend to expectations of mediocrity, providing little threats to the current blockbusters of the summer. The exact midpoint of the year will be reached next Sunday on July 1st though, and you can expect something like a top ten list of sorts to commemorate that notion. Until then, Craves of the week, a possible “Gotti” review, and maybe an editorial or two are heading your way.