What ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s’ Success Means for the Franchise’s Future

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” proved one thing: dinosaurs aren’t going extinct anytime soon.

The latest “Jurassic” installment — led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — opened in North America with a monstrously good $150 million. Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, the studio and production company behind the film, began its overseas rollout earlier in June, where the tentpole has already earned $561 million. Though that start trails “Jurassic World’s” record-breaking debut, “Fallen Kingdom” is destined to be one of the year’s biggest box office successes.

Reviewers don’t get the credit for the big weekend. The critical consensus for the film, directed by J. A. Bayona, is so-so. The dinosaur sequel currently holds a 50% critical rating and 62% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. While Spielberg’s original” Jurassic Park” series is synonymous with the modern day blockbuster, most of the negative reviews for “Fallen Kingdom” pointed out that the latest installment didn’t provide anything new.

“Nobody is on the edge of their seat watching ‘Fallen Kingdom,’” Jeff Bock, a box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, said. “That’s what Spielberg brought. [Now], they are happy to watch, but they’re sitting back in their seats. There is no recognizable stamp on this film.”

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