Even though Jurassic World: Dominion now holds the dubious distinction of being the worst reviewed Jurassic movie of all time, those reviews didn’t seem to impact the T-Rex-sized opening weekend audience who lifted the six film in the franchise to a $143 million opening.
Jurassic World: Dominion clocked in with an icy 30% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a less than stellar 79% Audience Score. Those polled exiting the theater this weekend by CinemaScore gave the latest dino-fest a much better grade of A-. We will have to wait and see if word-of-mouth has any impact in the coming weeks, but this weekend the ancient reptiles seemed impervious to bad press.
Dominion is also the best non-superhero opening in the Post-Pandemic era and has continued to add to its international totals with an additional $175 million this weekend for a $244 million overseas total.
Top Gun: Maverick continued to blow initial expectations out of the sky with an additional $50 million for second place, bringing the fly boy’s total to $393 million. The Reagan-era nostalgia picture that has appealed to a wide modern audience will pass Marvel Studio Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness by mid-week (which finished in third place this weekend with $4.9 million) and continue to add funds throughout the rest of June and July.
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