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'Jurassic World' Stomps Over The Planet - Week 7

Jurassic World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pitch Perfect 2
San Andreas
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sometimes surprises catch you off-guard. Like you knew U2 stopped making memorable music a few albums ago, and yet you were still like, "Seriously, guys, you thought this was good?" when their latest effort was dumped onto everyone's iPhones. Other times, you're completely blown away, like that time Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett. Look, I understand people making youthful mistakes when you're young, but no one makes youthful mistakes with Lyle Lovett. The point is let's just chalk Week Seven in the 2015 Summer Movie Pool as the time we were all completely blown away.

Jurassic World, and this is not a typo, had the largest domestic opening in the history of ever with a $208.8 million three-day total besting the previous record-holder, 2012's The Avengers, by $1.5 million. I'm not even sure how to put that in words. When The Avengers set that record it had topped the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, by almost $40 million. People weren't even sure how you could make that much more in one weekend in those previous, archaic, ancient days of all three years ago. It took five previous Marvel movies and six super-heroes to build up the hype necessary to make such an opening. Here, all Universal had to do was put up a sign saying, "Hey, we've got a Jurassic Park movie over here" and people flooded the marketplace.

On second thought, maybe Jurassic World does owe some love back to Marvel after their Guardians of the Galaxy made Chris Pratt a household name. Thing is, he was already cast in this movie six months before even Guardians was released... And he only landed it after Josh Brolin said no, because I'm sure he had so many other great films to make like Oldboy 2: Die Older and Jonah Hex: 2 Fast 2 Hexious. This film started with a cast of whatnots, a director who'd made one independent film for $750,000, and an Indominous Rex. That was all they needed to make the biggest opening ever. It sounds like something that would happen to McG and Megan Fox, except completely not.

Now, I am well aware that for Gen Y, Jurassic Park was kind of like their Star Wars. It was that first blockbuster that they saw again and again. I totally get how those now grown-up kids would want to go back and take the kids they have now to see dinos on the big screen... but $208.8 million in three days?! How many kids do they have? Weren't these guys the post-condom generation?

The good news is that we now have official three Lego toy versions of Chris Pratt! While not the face, he's certainly the spirit of Emmett from The Lego Movie which he voiced, he's Star Lord in their Guardians of the Galaxy sets, and now he's Owen (eh, just Owen) in their Jurassic World sets. My son's already called foul as Lego's even using the same face and hair from their Guardians set on their new Owen figure. Com'on, guys, show a little love for the biggest opening of all-time. At least you know now if he's ever cast, as it's been rumored, as the new Indiana Jones, you can just take the head and hair from your previous sets and throw him on your old Indy figure. Done and done.

What Jurassic World gives it took away from San Andreas as it dropped 58% in its third week. People obviously prefer their disasters to have teeth. The earth has quaked to the total of $119.1 million so far.

Spy maintained its momentum much better as it dipped 46%. It's 10-day total of $56.5 million may only be about a quarter of what Jurassic World earned in three days, but at least they didn't cast B.D. Wong to revive his role as Martin Short's wedding coordinator assistant from Father of the Bride in their film. Oh wait, B.D. was reviving his blink-and-you-missed-it role as a scientist in Jurassic Park? Seriously, was Universal even trying to cast stars in this movie?! They could've totally found a way to bring Samuel L. Jackson back either as a clone or a one-armed survivor. They just didn't want to pay for it... And, in hindsight, why should they.

As for the old-timers that are winding down, Avengers: Age of Ultron made $3.6 million and is at $444.8 million now. Seems likely to end around $460-$470 million. Will that be able enough to stay on top of Jurassic World? Pitch Perfect 2 kept humming with $6.3 million and with $171.1 million should get close to a $200 million final tally. Is that enough for a Top Five finish this year? Mad Max: Fury Road might have something else to be angry about as it's $138.5 million total looks like it won't get much higher than $150 million.

Meanwhile, let's say yesterday to Tomorrowland as it's fallen off our Top Five board. Billed as a Disney tent-pole movie, directed by a praised director, and staring every women's favorite salt & pepper haired former bachelor, the film just never seemed to click. Sitting at an $83.7 million total and could maybe crawl to $100 million finish, that's maybe a 10% improvement on Disney's disastrous Prince of Persia attempt over Memorial Day weekend in 2010. Oh, and then there was Disney's The Lone Ranger craptacular in 2013, and that's not to mention, as it wasn't a summer release, their John Carter miss-fire in 2012. I mean, that's a lot of $200 million production budgets that went way, way south. If only they could make a film that could encourage them to Let It Go. That might ease their pain.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $444.7 million
#2. Jurassic World - $208.8 million
#3. Pitch Perfect 2 - $171.1 million
#4. Mad Max: Fury Road - $138.5 million
#5. San Andreas - $119.1 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/16/2015

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, San Andreas, Spy, Tomorrowland
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