Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is ready to stomp into theaters in a few weeks, and early projections say the eagerly anticipated sequel could bring in between $130 million and $150 million domestically on its opening weekend, according to Deadline.
Although this is a far cry from Avengers: Infinity War’s then-projected domestic take of $225 million to $245 million during its opening weekend (which it exceeded), it’s on par with Deadpool 2’s projected opening figures (which it made) and even Black Panther’s (which it outperformed).
But remember: Solo: A Star Wars Story was also projected to bring in $130 million to $150 million, and it most certainly did not.
Then again, the first Jurassic World was projected to bring in $110 million to $140 million on opening weekend, then shocked industry insiders when it had a (short-lived) record-breaking opening of $209 million.
In fact, the Jurassic film franchise – of which Fallen Kingdom will be the fifth – has always been nothing short of a cash cow (Cashosaur? Cashosaurus Rex?), having brought in a total of $3.6 billion globally ($1.42 billion domestically) to-date. Although box office grosses for the second and third films declined from the first film in the series (Jurassic Park), 2015’s Jurassic World blew all other box office takes out of the water, making nearly twice as much as Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 film domestically. So, it’s quite possible that this movie will not be contained. As Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcom warned us, life finds a way.
So, will Fallen Kingdom end up hitting its target and becoming a hit like its predecessor — or fall flat like Solo? As always, we shall see.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to hit theatres June 22. Raawr…