Universal’s ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Snatches $18 Million in Thursday Previews; Can it Unseat the ‘Maverick’ at Weekend Box Office?

Universal Pictures’ latest summer dinosaurs movie blockbuster, Jurassic World: Dominion, generated $18 million in previews Thursday, June 9, giving the softly reviewed franchise title improved odds of topping Paramount Pictures’ current box office champ, Top Gun: Maverick.

Dominion, which opens across more than 4,600 North American screens, returns much of the cast from recent editions, including franchise original cast members Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. The movie is tracking well with teenagers — a prerequisite for any summer blockbuster.

Additional motivators include the franchise’s recent history. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened four years ago to $148 million in North American ticket sales despite middling reviews. That movie ended its global box office with $1.3 billion in revenue, including almost $418 million in domestic ticket sales.

Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick continues to resonate among “older” viewers 35 and above. The title is expected to relinquish its pole position with a projected $57 million in revenue, bringing its North American tally above $400 million.

Other holdovers include Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $4.9 million ($397 million); Universal Pictures/Dreamworks Animation’s The Bad Guys with $2.8 million ($92 million); 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie with $2.4 million ($27.2 million), and Universal/Focus Features’s Downton Abbey: A New Era with $1.9 million ($40 million).

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