HOLLYWOOD (AFP) – Huge, green and scary stomped on cute, young and funny in North American theaters this weekend as new release “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” took in a healthy $150 million to leap past last weekend s leader, “Incredibles 2.”
The dinosaur sequel, from Pixar and Steven Spielberg s Amblin Entertainment studio, fell short of the then-record $208 million opening by the last “Jurassic” movie in 2015, according to figures released Sunday by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Still, “Fallen Kingdom” has passed the $700 million mark worldwide — this despite tepid reviews like the New York Times s suggestion that the film is little more than “a way for people with no other plans to grab some air-conditioning.”
The movie stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as they try to rescue genetically recreated dinosaurs from a volcano-threatened island and move them to — why not? — a sprawling California mansion. Might some of them escape into the world? Might pteranodons fly around the Eiffel Tower? Who knows?
Sliding to second over the three-day weekend, Disney s “Incredibles 2” still earned a respectable $80.9 million as the North American box office continued a recovery from last summer s downturn.
The film, about a quirky superhero family, had raked in $182 million in its debut weekend, a record for an animation in the US and Canada, easily surpassing the $135 million debut of 2016 s “Finding Dory.”
The film tells the story of the Parr family — centered this time on matriarch Helen (Holly Hunter) as she battles to help bring the world s hiding superheroes back into the open, while husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson), left at home in charge of their frighteningly talented but scarily unpredictable kids, finds the homemaker s job more challenging than that of superhero.
In third spot was Warner Bros. s heist flick “Ocean s 8,” at $11.7 million. Its female-centric cast has Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) assembling a gang of talented women (Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter) to plan a seemingly impossible diamond heist from the Met Gala in New York.
Adult comedy “Tag,” also from Warner Bros., came in fourth at $8.2 million. It tells the story of childhood pals (led by Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner) who keep up a game of cross-country tag for decades, sometimes at the oddest of moments.
Staying alive in fifth was “Deadpool 2,” the R-rated superhero flick from Fox, at $5.3 million. It stars Ryan Reynolds as the irreverent, foul-mouthed title character.