It’s a good week for the dinosaurs of Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg‘s “Jurassic Park” franchise. The latest installment of the film series, “Jurassic World Dominion,” has now surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
As Deadline reports, the film reached $1 billion from Thursday’s box office ticket sales. It is now the second biggest movie of 2022 behind only the global smash sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which currently sits at the head of the pack this year at $1.4 billion.
‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Dinos Take A Chomp Out Of The Box Office
The latest box office receipts put the sequel at about $376 million at the domestic box office and $624 million overseas. This is the third movie in the franchise to reach $1 billion worldwide, and the seventh overall for Universal Pictures to reach the milestone.
“Jurassic World,” released in 2015 made $1.6 billion worldwide. Its 2018 sequel, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” made $1.3 billion. Other Universal releases that have crossed the mark include “Furious 7” ($1.5 billion), “The Fate of the Furious” ($1.2 billion), “Minions” ($1.1 billion), and “Despicable Me 3” ($1 billion).
While “Jurassic World Dominion” hit a new franchise low for the series with critics, scoring only 29% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it still managed to do well with audiences. Now, it gets the $1 billion milestone to back up its success. Only fifty other films in cinematic history have managed to pull off grossing $1 billion worldwide.
As noted by Deadline, “Dominion” became one of only five major Hollywood pictures to pass the $600 million mark overseas during the pandemic. It is also only one of two to pull off the feat this year. Receiving a theatrical release in China, which has been more of a challenge for Hollywood blockbusters as of late, helped boost the film’s box office. Per Box Office Mojo, the film earned $157.6 million from its Chinese release.
The box office news also adds further milestones for Universal Pictures. The global box office of “Dominion” now puts the studio at $3 billion worldwide for 2022. The studio can now boast that it is the first one to reach $3 billion worldwide since 2019.
“Jurassic World Dominion” stars returning cast members Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, uniting them with the stars of the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy, including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. The film also stars DeWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott, Mamoudou Athie, BD Wong, Justice Smith, and Daniella Pineda. Colin Trevorrow, who also wrote and directed “Jurassic World” and co-wrote “Fallen Kingdom,” directed the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael.
The Dinos Are Still Going Strong
It is interesting to see that Steven Spielberg’s iconic original film in the franchise, “Jurassic Park,” was first released in theaters over 29 years ago in 1993. Almost thirty years later, the franchise has just released its sixth cinematic installment and wrapped a successful animated television series.
Franchise fans can now watch the Extended Edition of the film on Peacock. Also, people who want more of a “Jurassic” dino fix can check out the CG-animated spinoff series, “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.” The series recently wrapped up its run after five seasons. All 49 episodes are streaming now on Netflix.