‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

"Jurassic World" was a box office smash when it opened in 2015 with a stunning $208.8 million and became the first movie to generate over $500 million worldwide in a single frame.

Just like the characters in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom teeter on the brink of disaster for much of the movie, so too is the film itself on the precipice of something that it would rather not face. The film has already made $466 million internationally. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has now split critics right down the middle with a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, far less than Jurassic World's 71% RT score.

It's been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. J.A. Bayona directed from a script by "Jurassic World" helmer Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

Should the $144 million number hold, "Jurassic World" will land at No. 22 on the all-time domestic opening weekend list, displacing "The Twilight Saga: New Moon", which earned $142 million in its opening weekend in 2009. Then again, with the World Cup in full swing, which is far more popular in other parts of the world than in the US, it's possible the sequel could suffer in China because of World Cup fever, and the impending summer "blackout" of Hollywood films that happens every year at the end of June.

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Thursday box office tally.

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