Given that J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened to larger-than-expected numbers and had only modest competition this week, it should come to the surprise of nobody that it is once again number one at the box office. What's unfortunate is that the numbers won't exactly blow anyone away - and that pretty much goes for every movie on the board. Check out the full Top 10 below, and join me after for analysis.
After making just short of $150 million in its opening weekend, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fell nearly 60 percent in week two - which is not a fall-off number that Universal Pictures will be super happy with. That being said, everything is relative, because the reality is that the movie is already one of the biggest blockbusters released so far in 2018. Its weekend haul has once again allowed it to vault up the charts, as its $264.8 million total domestically is enough to make it the fifth most successful release since the beginning of January. That being said, it's hard to say how high it will climb given that it is still behind monster hits like Black Panther ($699.8 million), Avengers: Infinity War ($672.5 million), Incredibles 2 ($439.7 million) and Deadpool 2 ($310.4 million).
Clearly Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is doing well here at home, but the real story is its performance abroad. The movie was released a few weeks early into some international markets, and it has been making some crazy money. To date the domestic total makes up less than 30 percent of the whole, as worldwide it has thus far made $932.4 million. It is guaranteed to become the third billion dollar hit of 2018 - which is pretty amazing by itself. To listen to a SPOILER-FILLED conversation about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, give this week's episode of ReelBlend a spin!
Among the newcomers it was Stefano Sollima Sicario: Day of the Soldado that made the most money, though it wasn't quite enough to face off against Hollywood's two most recent blockbusters. It had to settle for third place, making over $20 million less than Brad Bird's Incredibles 2, but the performance at the very least does look favorable when compared to the original Sicario. Despite having rising star Denis Villeneuve at the helm and a cast including Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro, the first movie trickled into theaters in fall 2015, and while never being released in more than 2,620 theaters at a time it never made more than $12.1 million in a weekend or rose above third place. The sequel, released by Sony Pictures, is on a better pace, and it will be interesting to see where it ends up by the time it's done with its theatrical run.
Overall, the real success story may be the performances by Charles Stone III's Uncle Drew and Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju. The former, a comedy starring a crew of professional basketball players in old age makeup, may have landed fourth place, but it did so earning better reviews than Sicario: Day of the Soldado and earned an "A" from CinemaScore. As for the latter, the Bollywood hit was only in limited release over the weekend - just over 350 theaters - but it still landed eighth place with an average of over $7000 per theater.
Next week we are once again back to big releases, as two big franchises will be going head to head. Peyton Reed's Ant-Man & The Wasp is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first chapter since Avengers: Infinity War, and audiences will get to watch the world go to hell with Gerard McMurray's prequel The First Purge. Come back next Sunday to see how these new titles shake up the Top 10.