The fifth installment of the Jurassic saga met expectations that it would dominate the box office its opening weekend. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom raked in $150 million, Universal’s second-best domestic opening weekend ever, according to Deadline.
The film sits behind its 2015 predecessor, Jurassic World's $208.8 million debut. Before Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Jurassic World held the record for the highest domestic opening ever. Its sequel didn’t beat out those two titles, but Fallen Kingdom's opening was still a promising start for the dinosaur empire's latest entry.
Fallen Kingdom was directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, and more. Universal has already announced that the third Jurassic World film will arrive on June 11, 2021. Steven Spielberg, who directed 1993's Jurassic Park, will return as an executive producer alongside Colin Trevorrow, who will be directing the last film of the trilogy. It will be written by Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim).
"It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive," Trevorrow said in a statement to Deadline. "I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty [director] J.A.[Bayona] has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy."
Fallen Kingdom is the second film this month to open over $100 million, following last weekend’s Incredibles 2 opening at $182 million. Incredibles 2 came in the No. 2 spot at the box office this weekend, bringing in $80.9 million for a domestic total of $350.2 million since its release.