Jurassic World: Dominion joins billion dollar club!

Life found a way! The sixth installment of the Jurassic franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, crossed the $1 billion mark globally today! It becomes the 51st film in cinematic history and the fourth film in the franchise to reach this coveted milestone. Dominion also becomes only the second film of 2022 so far to make $1 billion+ joining Top Gun: Maverick, which did so back in June. This is major accomplishment for any film to achieve.

Universal has confirmed that Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion has passed $1 billion in global theatrical grosses.

Four of the six Jurassic films have now joined the exclusive billion dollar club with 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($618,638,999) and 2001’s Jurassic Park III ($368,780,809) as the only two that did not cross. Also, with the success of Dominion, the franchise retains its current title of the only live-action movie franchise that averages $1 billion per film as the entire series is now north of $6 billion total. Though later this year Jurassic will be sharing that title with the Avatar franchise once 20th Century Studios/Disney’s Avatar: The Way of Water is released.

The success of this franchise is quite staggering once you realize that franchises like the MCU, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Fast and Furious average below $1 billion per film. Tyrannosaurus Rex translates to Tyrant Lizard King, but I am pretty sure in the land of Hollywood that Jurassic Park translates as Franchise King. 

Jurassic World Dominion will finish it’s domestic run as the 5th highest grossing film in Universal Pictures history only behind Jurassic World, E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic Park. Sense a theme? Worldwide, Dominion will finish as Universal Pictures 8th highest grossing film.

So what do you think of Jurassic World Dominion crossing the $1 billion mark? Also, what are your thoughts on the Jurassic franchise being the only live-action film franchise to average $1 billion per film globally? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Forbes

Jurassic World Alive Celebrates Four Years of Gameplay!

Calling all Jurassic World Alive players, and in case you missed it: Jurassic World Alive is celebrating four years of gameplay this year! Read on for more about the milestone, four years of gameplay statistics, and a new sweepstakes for a trip to a Universal Studios resort!

From Universal, Jam City, and Ludia:

Jurassic World Alive, Jam City and Ludia’s award-winning geo-located game featuring the fiercest dinosaurs from Universal’s Jurassic World franchise, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month! Jurassic World Alive has been downloaded by over 32 million players worldwide and played for over 20 billion minutes, equivalent to over 38,000 years!!

To celebrate this 4-year milestone and ahead of the Jurassic World: Dominion film release on June 10, we released a new live action trailer featuring just some of the iconic dinosaurs in Jurassic World Alive, including fan-favorite raptor Blue, Beta and the iconic T. rex as they inhabit the player’s world, wherever they are.

In addition to the limited-time thematic events always taking place in the game, players will be able to get up close to creatures found in the new theatrical release thanks to a free Jurassic World Dominion scent that will be waiting in players’ game mailboxes from June 8! When activated, scents attract select dinosaurs to appear near the player’s location. Players will also have the opportunity to capture and unlock new prolific dinosaurs through the month of June from the films including Giganotosaurus, the formidable big baddie from the new Jurassic World: Dominion film.

Additional Jurassic World Alive milestones players have achieved the past four years include:

Total Creatures Unlocked: Nearly 400 million

Total T. rexes Unlocked: 1.95 million

Total Darts Fired: 38 quintillion 

Total PVP Battles: 729 million

Total Supply Drops Spun: Nearly 6.2 billion

Universal, Jam City, and Ludia will also be hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky winner plus three guests will be invited to their choice of Universal Studios Resort, in either Hollywood or Orlando. Details can be found here.

The sweepstakes is open to age 18+ residents of the United States and Canada. Runner ups also have the chance to win Jurassic-themed Mystery Boxes and special in-game rewards.

Check out the Jurassic World Alive Dinosaur Day 2022 Trailer below!

Congratulations to Universal, Jam City, and Ludia on the success of Jurassic World Alive and four years of gameplay! What are your thoughts on Jurassic World Alive? Are you a regular player, and if so, how have you been celebrating the anniversary? Let us know in the comments and check out gameplay screenshots below!

Jurassic World Dominion earns $26.44 million domestically in third weekend, crosses $700 million Worldwide

After two straight weekends on top of the domestic Box Office, Jurassic World Dominion shifted down the chart into 3rd place with an estimated domestic weekend gross of $26.44 million, a 55% drop from last weekend. New release Elvis came in tied for first place with an estimated $30.5 million with Top Gun: Maverick who climbed back up the charts. The weekend actuals will be released tomorrow afternoon to show the true winner. The other new release this week, The Black Phone, also from Universal Pictures, debuted in 4th behind Dominion with an estimated $23.37 million.

Dominion officially crossed the $300 million mark domestically on Sunday and became the 9th film in Universal Pictures history to do so. The domestic total now stands at an estimated $302.77 million. Four of the six Jurassic films have reached this milestone with only The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($229.1 million) and Jurassic Park III ($181.2 million) coming in under.

Internationally the film grew it’s total to an estimated $443.9 million and total worldwide it is now up to $746.7 million. It is the 13th film for Universal Pictures to cross $700 million worldwide and the film is likely eyeing a final total north of $900 million. Unfortunately it is currently looking likely that it will be unable to join the billion dollar club. How the film holds next weekend domestically over the 4th of July holiday and how it fares when it opens in Japan on July 29th will give a much clearer picture on if there is any chance at $1 billion. Regardless if the film reaches that or not, it is still going to finish as one of the most successful films in studio history.

What are your thoughts on Jurassic World Dominion’s third weekend box office numbers? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Jurassic World Dominion stuns Lightyear to remain #1 by earning $58.66 million in second weekend

Domestic Box Office Upset! Jurassic World Dominion was widley expected to drop to #2 during it’s second domestic weekend with the new release of Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear. Last weekend Dominion opened to $145.1 million, the third best opening in franchise history, and in it’s second weekend it dropped 59.6% with an estimated three day total of $58.66 million. Lightyear had been long expected to have a very big opening and push the dinosaurs down the chart but the film underperformed with an opening weekend of only $51 million, which was not enough to dethrone Dominion. The domestic total for Dominion currently stands at an estimated $249.79 million.

The second weekend for Dominion just came in under what Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom did in 2018 ($60.9 million) but there are several factors that are leading to the lower box office numbers then one might have expected for what is being advertised as the conclusion of the series. Disney/Pixar release of Lightyear this weekend, along with Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick continuing to surprise everyone as it made another estimated $44 million this weekend to come in third place plays a big part. Three big films currently in theaters at the same time eat into each other’s box office potential, add in that with about 39% of pre-Covid era moviegoers saying they are not yet ready to return to cinemas and a low Rotten Tomatoes score (currently 30%) have all played into how well Dominion has been doing.

Now that isn’t to say Dominion is not doing well at Box Office because it certainly is, it is just not doing the same overall numbers as Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom previously have done in the recent trilogy. The film officially crossed the $200 million mark on Friday and became the 27th film ever for Universal Pictures to do so and currently sits at #16 all-time in studio history domestically. By next weekend, Dominion will push into the top 10 and will have a chance to crack Universal’s all-time top 5 (would need to surpass $368.4 million) by the end of it’s domestic run. If it does accomplish that, four of the top 5 domestic Universal movies will be from the Jurassic franchise.

Internationally Dominion is up to an estimated total of $372.39 million for a worldwide total of $622.18 million. That is just above the $618.6 that The Lost World: Jurassic Park had made globally in 1997.

What are your thoughts on Jurassic World Dominion’s second weekend box office numbers? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Deadline

Jurassic World Dominion roars to an estimated $143.37 million domestic opening weekend

UPDATE: The actuals for Dominion came in a little higher for the domestic opening at $145,075,625.

The sixth film, Jurassic World Dominion, which is being marketed as the “Epic conclusion for the Jurassic era” roared to an estimated domestic opening of $143.37 million this weekend. While it was not record breaking such as Jurassic World was in 2015 ($208.8 million) it is still one of Universal’s biggest opening weekends ever.

The opening is Universal Pictures’ fourth biggest opening of all time, trailing Jurassic World ($208.8 million), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($148.0 million) and Furious 7 ($147.2 million). Weekend actuals will be released on Monday afternoon.

Exclaimed Universal Domestic Distribution Boss this AM, “This incredible debut for Jurassic World Dominion is driven by not only the loyal fans of the original Jurassic trilogy beginning in 1993, but many new fans experiencing Jurassic for the first time as our casts united for an epic conclusion.  After a long journey from being the first Hollywood film to safely return to production during COVID, up through our global release dates, we’re thrilled for our filmmakers and talent who worked tirelessly on this movie, and for our great partners in exhibition benefitting from a tremendous start to their summer.”

Also, Dominion saw another estimated $177 million come from international markets bringing the worldwide total to $389.2 million.

What are your thoughts on the domestic opening box office numbers for Jurassic World Dominion? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Deadline

Jurassic World Dominion scores $18 million in domestic Thursday previews

Today is June 10th, the official domestic opening for Jurassic World Dominion! However, the film had Thursday afternoon/evening preview showings, and the sixth installment of the Jurassic franchise grossed an estimated $18 million! For comparisons, Jurassic World earned $18.5 million in 2015 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earned $15.3 million in 2018 for Thursday previews. Early tracking indicated the film was headed to a $165-205 million opening three day domestic opening, however tracking has since dropped and the expectation is now in the range of $125 million+. Please check back on Sunday for the official three day estimates.

Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion earned $18M in previews, but that’s not just from 4PM showtimes yesterday, but also other stunt previews earlier this week

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Source: Deadline

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Soundtrack Details and New Track Revealed!

Jurassic World franchise composer Michael Giacchino has announced the ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ soundtrack – complete with release details, formats, and a brand new track from the film!

The full score album will be available digitally, on CD, Vinyl via Mondo, and in Dolby Atmos June 10th. One brand new track, “Da Plane and Da Cycle”, was released early today – you can listen to it via Apple Music, Spotify, and via YouTube below!

Giacchino has returned with his signature bombastic Jurassic musical style and pun-filled track titles. The album boasts 32 tracks – plenty of music for the massive film that Jurassic World: Dominion is shaping up to be. We are enjoying the score so far and can’t wait to hear more when Dominion releases next week!

What do you think of this new track from Jurassic World: Dominion and the album details we’ve learned today? Let us know in the comments, and follow Jurassic Outpost for all the latest as we head towards June 10th!

DeWanda Wise Confirms Extended Cut of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, more of Kayla Watts’ Backstory!

In a new interview with Collider, Jurassic World: Dominion star DeWanda Wise revealed more about the process of developing her new character Kayla Watts, and even confirmed an extended cut of Dominion!

Jurassic World: Dominion will introduce DeWanda Wise as Kayla Watts, a former Air Force pilot who becomes integral to the mission Claire, Owen, Maisie, and Drs. Sattler, Grant, and Malcolm find themselves on in the film. Wise spoke to developing her character’s backstory, saying:

“I gave Kayla a dialogue pass. I gave Kayla a full dialogue pass. She was already very clear on the page. I had a couple of touchstones that were nonnegotiable. Her background’s her background. She was always Air Force. I knew that there were certain moments in the script that I had to execute, so I knew that she had to have a certain physicality for you to believe that she could pull Chris Pratt out of the water because he is I don’t know how many times my actual size. So there were certain things that I wanted to ensure that were true, but also, we workshopped her. Truly like old school theater nerd, we both went to NYU and workshopped her for a couple of weeks to really refine and integrate her backstory.”

Wise also spoke to unseen past dinosaur missions that could have influenced her character, important costume design decisions, and perhaps even a future story we might see for her character:

“I won’t say because, you know, maybe there will be another thing. I’m vying for a prequel. Anyway, that’s not the point! Point is, I talked about it a lot funny enough. One of my co-conspirators with Kayla, which you can see very clearly in this film was [costume designer] Joanna Johnston in the construction of that character, so a lot of her adventures we built into the wardrobe.”

While she didn’t reveal any specifics, she did tease something to look out for in Dominion and perhaps beyond:

“She had this moment, and it’s probably gonna be in the extended cut, maybe, we’ll see, but she has this beautiful pair of brass knuckles and we have this entire backstory of this adventure that she had gone on in South Africa — [laughs] Girl, I love backstories! — where she procured these knuckles. Because a lot of Kayla has this kind of Indiana Jones, she’s been everywhere. Some of her travels are for work and she goes on them because she has to go on them, and some are just for her.”

Finally, Wise was asked about how the fall of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World influenced the person her character has become:

“She really makes a true hero’s call. There’s something that’s awakening inside of her when we meet her at the top of this movie and it’s because she’s in part very disillusioned, you know? She’s very disillusioned and disappointed at the folly of man. And she’s in this place when we first meet her that’s just like, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them,’ and she’s just made a living off the mistakes of the people who have come before her. So you kind of have this level of resignation, but there’s something that’s building in her that she’s come to the end of the line of herself where she’s just like, ‘There is something I can do though, actually.’ And that was really inspiring to me to be like, we can all be heroes in a way and that at any moment we can make those turning points for ourselves to stand up for something when we see something happening.”

You can read Peri Nemiroff’s full interview for Collider here, or watch in video form below:

All of this new information on the background of Kayla Watts is exciting and intriguing for Jurassic fans, not to mention what is seemingly confirmation of a forthcoming extended cut of Jurassic World: Dominion! What do you think of this news and the inspirations DeWanda Wise found for her character? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest Jurassic news!

Images via Collider and Universal Pictures.

REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

The following is a guest article contributed by Ruann Jovinski of ‘Jurassic Park 4.4’ first published in Portuguese and now translated to English. The review is largely spoiler-free, however small spoilers to follow:

Last Friday myself and a bunch of fans were invited by Universal Pictures to a very special event in São Paulo, Brazil – a visit to the Iron Studio’s owned Jurassic Park Burger restaurant, a screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ (we even got JP tattoos for free, but that’s another story).

Before the movie started, we got to see the trailer for ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’, which was then followed by a very short segment were two minions were confronted by their own version of Rexy.

From there is where the fun began.

Jurassic World Dominion opens with an exposition heavy “Now This” news montage that catches the audience up to speed on how dinosaurs are now free to roam the world and introduces the mega-corporation BioSyn. While one would expect it to be exciting and primarily set up BioSyn, it mostly serves as a Fallen Kingdom recap rather than a striking or needed introduction to the film. This segment feels odd, but thankfully the movie soon finds much sturdier footing:  from there we are introduced to two different storylines that have much more in common than we are initially led to believe.

This movie brings back the classic Jurassic Park characters in a huge way, driven by Ellie Sattler. Likewise, the Jurassic World characters are trying to make their peace with the world they helped create as well as take care of Maisie Lockwood – the clone girl who they essentially illegally “adopted “after the events of Fallen Kingdom. 

Dominion brings us to a whole new world with many different set pieces and concepts that have never before been seen in the Jurassic franchise. From the snowy mountains of Sierra Nevada to the populated streets of the island Malta and the dense BioSyn Valley in situated within the Dolomite Mountains of Italy.  Dinosaurs are free in our world, trying to survive, and humans are adapting to this ever changing set of circumstances. We see illegal trafficking of dinosaurs in black markets, and what happens when dinosaurs wreak havoc in city streets. This is a whole new Jurassic World.

The movie is far from perfect – the plot is bloated, the pacing is horribly rushed, and many of the characters feel slightly out of key – but at least in my humble opinion it is much better than the two previous entries. ‘Dominion’ revisits Jurassic Park’s Techno-Thriller roots diving into the power of genetics like we have never seen before and some of the plots points are for sure something we could easily have seen in Crichton’s work. 

I was thrilled and extremely happy to see Dr Alan Grant and Dr Ellie Sattler’s shenanigans throughout the film, interacting with another another, other characters, and of course dinosaurs. The chemistry between Sam Neill and Laura Dern is strong as ever. Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcolm is another great win – this movie really belongs to the classic Jurassic Park cast. 

Outside of the classic characters, the newcomers are also great: standouts would be DeWanda Wise’s “Kayla Watts”, Mamoudou Athie’s “Ramsay”, Campbell Scott’s “Lewis Dodgson”, Isabella Sermon’s “Maisie”. Of course, BD Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu is also back and he’s better than ever. Yes, Dr Wu does get a meatier role and a stronger arch this time – something much overdue. Bryce Dallas Howard gets to flex her muscles as Claire both physically and emotionally as we are presented with a more sentimental and even haunted version of the character. Chris Pratt brings nothing new to Owen – he’s pretty much the same as the last two films, however played a little more seriously and doesn’t lean into out of place levity during serious scenes like in Fallen Kingdom.

As for the dinosaurs, Dominion brings some incredibly new additions to the franchise in the form of the territorial Therizinosaurus, the menacing Giganotosaurus, the tiny Moros and the vicious Atrociraptors. We also get to see some old friends like the venom spitting Dilophosaurus – which feel like a throwback to 80’s films more than Jurassic Park. The Pyroraptor is another standout, though sadly virtually every moment of its scene is in the trailer – this one was criminally underused and it’s insane Dr. Alan Grant never meets it. That would have been a full circle moment to his Velociraptors are birds speech in Jurassic Park.

As I said before the movie is not without it’s flaws, which comes in form of some very odd creative decisions, the lack of crucial dialogue to better explain some of the plot points (this movie often feels like a sequel to a movie we never got) and what I thought were the worst offenders – The animatronics. Yes, there are many (many!) animatronics in this movie and they all ended up looking very rubbery and stiff, looking more like Dark Crystal or Star Wars creatures than the living breathing animals Stan Winston Studio created. Perhaps this is in part the fault of the way they were filmed – but I really thought most (if not all) should have been touched up with CGI, especially the Microceratus.

The soundtrack is quite fun and has its moments, but I also feel Giacchino could have used more of the original themes – after all this movie is the “epic conclusion” of the entire saga and the return of the original characters, which comes with certain thematic expectations.

In general I can say I really enjoyed ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ and I had a great time and I just can’t wait to see it again. It has the flaws of the first two Jurassic World films, but BioSyn driven plot line and return of the classic characters really elevates the fun. It’s hard not to have certain expectations – this was meant to be the close of a series of stories that began in 1993 but ultimately just feels like another sequel. I wish the movie was longer as it needed to flesh out the story and characters, be less choppy, and build more believable stakes. Likewise some of the effects, both practical and CGI, needed more work – it’s unfortunate that some of the CG is  weak considering how long they had to work on the film (Blue and Beta are a large offender here).

Ultimately this movie left me wanting more – both in good and bad ways –  but most of all good. And thankfully, Dominion is not the end, but a brand new beginning. More will come, and the movie makes that clear.

Stay tuned, as more of our team sees the movie and are allowed to publish reviews new review articles will be added!

“Jurassic World Night” Tonight on NBC!

Hold on to your butts!

The latest bit of Jurassic World: Dominion marketing will air tonight on NBC at 8PM Pacific and 8PM Eastern time: “Jurassic World Night”!

NBC will air the first Jurassic World film, and commercial breaks during the film will consist of seven Jurassic World: Dominion cast members & Colin Trevorrow speaking about the legacy of Jurassic Park and the franchise.

This sounds like a very cool way to continue to promote the upcoming sixth film in the Jurassic franchise and celebrate the series’ legacy.

Be sure and tune in to NBC tonight at 8PM PST / 8PM EST for “Jurassic World Night”, and be on the lookout for more Dominion marketing as we head towards June 10th!