Box Office Round-Up: “Fallen Kingdom” Rules in Domestic Debut

This past weekend saw only one major release impact cinemas, and it did so in a big way. The month of June has certainly proven to be a big one for the box office in 2018 and nearly entered the history books with two potential $100 million grossing movies in the same weekend. How close did it come to hitting that milestone? Let’s take a deeper look at the box office results of June 21-24 in this week’s edition of Box Office Round-Up. Be sure to check back every Monday for a look at the weekends box office numbers on Cinema Spotlight.


After making its international debut over the last few weeks “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, the much-anticipated sequel to 2015’s reboot film “Jurassic World” which was also that year’s biggest hit, ruled the weekend with a $150 million domestic debut and became the fourth different number one movie of June 2018 after “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, “Oceans 8” and “Incredibles 2”. This is down from “Jurassic World’s” $208 million opening a few years back however the first film had much less carryover competition at that time. “Fallen Kingdom”, produced on a $170 million budget, has also been a huge hit overseas and has grossed $711.5 million worldwide seemingly on its way to over a billion dollars from all markets combined over the next few weeks. Despite mixed reviews from critics, audiences seem to enjoy the sequel, even if it has received less love than its predecessor. You can read my review of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” from over the weekend by clicking here.


Entering the weekend there were thoughts that the weekend could result in historical numbers as some projections had holdover “Incredibles 2” possibly staying at over $100 million which would have been the first time in years two films made over $100 million in the same weekend. However, it was not meant to be. “Incredibles 2” still performed tremendously in its second weekend though, taking in $81 million and reaching over $350 million domestically to enter the top ten highest grossing animated movies of all time, knocking “Zootopia” off that list. The film has made over $485 million worldwide and held on to second easily over a weekend with only one true competitor.


Rounding out the top ten were a slew of holdovers including “Ocean’s 8” in third which crossed the $100 million mark domestically over the weekend, well over it’s $70 million budget. The female-led spinoff of the “Oceans” series has become a fan favorite of the summer. The last full-fledged big-budget female reboot of a film series was 2016’s “Ghostbusters” which topped out at $128.3 million domestically, a number “Ocean’s 8” is poised to beat. Rounding out the top five were holdover “Tag” and the superhero sequel “Deadpool 2” which has earned over $304 million domestically. All movies in the top five have now topped their reported production budgets in total domestic gross alone. The rest of the top ten included “Solo”, ‘Hereditary”, “Superfly”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, and the Mr. Rogers documentary film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” which expanded to 348 theaters in its second weekend jumping from 15th last weekend to 10th in its sophomore weekend and grossing $1.8 million for a total gross of $4.1 million domestically to date.


It might be tough to predict what next weekend might bring in terms of box office results. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has the potential to bring a lot of holdover success but a couple new films are on the way, one that might be a surprise success. “Sicario: Day of Soldado”, the sequel to the 2015 Denis Villeneuve directed film that is part of writer Tyler Sheridan’s Frontier Trilogy of self-penned movies, has already received rave reviews from critics and could be a sleeper hit that might threaten its big box office competition if enough buzz is produced from audiences in the opening days of its run. The only other major competition for next week is “Uncle Drew”, a baseball themed movie starring several NBA legends and present players including Kyrie Irving and based on Irving’s titular character from numerous Pepsi commercials. If I was a betting man I’d say “Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” will hold tight to the top two spots next weekend with “Day of Soldado” close behind. We’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.

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