Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week sees the return of dinos to the theaters, setting up a Jurassic Word vs. Incredibles battle that should last until the next MCU installment arrives.
No one wants to open against dinosaurs. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the only wide release of the week. The fifth film in the Jurassic franchise arrives to less-than-stellar reviews. It’s currently sitting at 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, which puts it level with The Lost World and Jurassic Park III in terms of critical reception. Will that hurt the film’s box office? I seriously doubt that it will have much impact on its opening weekend, but it may forecast a serious drop in future weeks. With The Incredibles 2 battling for repeat business, once it stops being new, we’ll have to see which film will ultimately emerge with a larger gross. There’s not a blockbuster arriving until July 6th’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, so these two films are going to do battle for a while.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, PG-13, 2hr 9min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked The Incredibles 2 to win last weekend and the Pixar sequel did a lot more than that. The Incredibles 2 broke Finding Dory’s record for the largest animated release ever and Beauty and the Beast’s record for the largest PG release ever. When all was said and done, The Incredibles 2 made $183.1 million last weekend. Ocean’s Eight finished a very distant second with $19.1 million.
(2018 Prediction Record: 24-0; Lifetime prediction record 109 – 10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Dinosaurs = money. With the exception of Jurassic Park III, every film in the franchise has opened in a manner commensurate with the thunder lizards they contain. Big. They open BIG. I don’t think Fallen Kingdom is going to break records, but it should post a big opening weekend. Dino-sized enough to topple The Incredibles 2 from its perch (for this week, at least).