Guess what folks? It turns out bringing dinosaurs to spectacular life is still a really great way to sell movie tickets.
As such, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has surpassed the $1 billion global box office mark, and stepped into the dino-sized t-rex prints blazed by the rest of the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film just became the 35th ever to join the billion-dollar club (unadjusted for inflation.)
That’s hefty sum is set against a $170 million pre-marketing budget, and on the strength of a massive $700.7 million overseas. That includes $242.5 million in China, which is already good enough for the fifth biggest Western film of all time there.
And while all those numbers are plenty large, they still pale in comparison to the $1.671 billon that the first Jurassic Wolrd made for Universal and Amblin in 2015. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, that movie’s immediate sequel, isn’t expected to reach those monstrous numbers, considering it’s been out in most markets for a while now, including since June 22 here in the States, where it’s earned just shy of $300 million thus far.
Heck, for a billion-dollar clubber, at this rate, Fallen Kingdom doesn’t even qualify as the second-most successful film in the franchise, as 1993’s Jurassic Park’s actuals tallied over $400 million domestically. But with $1.029 billion in global earnings, the original could easily get overtaken as far as the worldwide take goes – though that’s not adjusted for inflation. All in all, the five films that comprise the franchise have raked in over $4.640 billion at the global box office.
Fallen Kingdom joins a couple of Marvel flicks as the only 2018 members of the big B club: Black Panther ($1.346 billion) and Avengers: Infinity War ($2.037 billion). THR also notes that this means Universal is the only other studio besides Disney to have three separate franchises each producing over a billion dollars in box office: Jurassic Park, Fast and Furious, and Despicable Me.
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