Universal’s dino-sequel is expected to earn 142.6 million from 4,676 theaters across North America over the weekend, which would mark the highest domestic opening for a non-superhero film since Covid-19 lockdowns were first introduced. That dethrones the 126 million benchmark set by the debut of “Top Gun: Maverick” only two weeks ago.
After taking home 18 million in Thursday previews, Universal had projected the sixth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise to earn 132.5 million moving into the weekend.
Stretching back to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original, which was the highest grossing domestic earner ever upon release, the “Jurassic Park” franchise has a storied box office legacy. The previous two films — “Jurassic World” in 2015 and sequel “Fallen Kingdom” in 2018 — debuted to 208 million and 150 million, respectively.
With a 185 million production price tag before marketing and distribution costs, “Jurassic World Dominion” will need to continue