Box Office - Dinosaurs’ Dominion over the Box Office

    Author Mia Blakeney

Box Office Round-up

Newsflash: the UK public love dinosaurs. Jurassic World: Dominion opened in the top spot with £12.1m, the third highest opening weekend of the year to date and the fourth over £10m. The last Jurassic World film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened with £14.3m in June 2018 but that opened on a Thursday, so included one more day. The Friday to Sunday total of £10.6m is £1.5m behind the Friday to Sunday total of Jurassic World: Dominion. Fallen Kingdom finished its run on £41.6m, so this will be the target for Dominion. Despite the tepid response to the film from critics, Comscore’s exit polling service PostTrak reported that the film achieved positive ratings across all audience types. The general & parents audience gave it a 4-star rating and a 76% Total Positive reaction, while kids (aged 6-12) rated it even more favourably, awarding 4.5 stars and a 93% Total Positive score.

Top Gun: Maverick put up a great fight in the face of the marauding dinosaurs, falling 46% to £5.6m, which takes its total after three weekends in cinemas to £50.1m and it’s the first film this year to reach the £50m milestone. It looks like it will get past £60m too. Just a reminder that prior to Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise’s most successful film at the UK & Ireland box office was War Of The Worlds in 2005 with £30.6m.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness added £398k in third, which takes its total to £41.5m. In the league table of Marvel films, it has overtaken Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 (£41m) to become the sixth highest grossing Marvel title in the UK & Ireland.

Everything Everywhere All At Once posted the best hold of any film in the top 10, falling 45% to £205k, which takes its total to £4.5m. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 completed the top five, adding £182k for a new total of £26.5m.

Outside of the top 10, another title from India cracked the top 10, this time it’s Ante Sundaraniki in 10th with £68k, which includes £24k from previews.

Overall, the box office was up 32% from last weekend and it was the sixth biggest weekend for the box office in the past year.  

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Across The Pond

Jurassic World: Dominion opened in the top spot in North America too with a punchy $143.4m. That’s only just below the $148m Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened with in 2018. After two weeks in the top spot, Top Gun: Maverick fell to second but posted a strong hold, falling 45% to $50m, which takes its total to a huge $393.3m. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came in third, adding $4.9m for a new total of $397.8m. The Bob’s Burger Movie came in fourth, adding $2.3m for a new total of $27.1m, while The Bad Guys rounded out the top five, adding $2.2m for a new total of $91.5m.