Weekend Forecast: 'Jurassic World'
Featured Stories - on June 10, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
The long-anticipated fourth chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, finally opens in theaters this weekend. How big will it be?
- Bagging last year's breakout star in Chris Pratt is a major advantage for a franchise going into its fourth film.
- The 14-year break between sequels should be enough to prevent fatigue, and instead increase interest by way of appealing to multiple generations of audiences.
- Social media metrics are through the roof with the pic tracking in line with Furious 7 on Flixster, only behind Avengers: Age of Ultron on Twitter among this year's releases, and nearing an impressive 6.5 million fans on Facebook.
- Universal's marketing campaign has been phenomenally saturated in recent weeks. Awareness is sky high, and interest seems to be following.
- Aside from all its advantages, this film still has to convince older fans to show up after the disappointment of the previous two sequels.
- Early reviews are mostly positive, although very polarizing between the "love it" and "hate it" camps.
- The key to a big opening will be getting young moviegoers and families with children to turn out for a decidedly gore-filled action/adventure flick. We think they will.
Top 10 Forecast
For the weekend, BoxOffice projects the top ten films will accumulate $186.7 million. That would represent a 5 percent improvement from the same frame last year when 22 Jump Street ($57.1 million) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($49.5 million) led the charge in their debuts and helped the market total $177.3 million.
Check out our complete forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, June 14|
|Jurassic World||Jun 12, 2015||Universal
|Spy (2015)||Jun 5, 2015||Fox
|San Andreas||May 29, 2015||Warner Bros. / New Line
|Insidious: Chapter 3||Jun 5, 2015||Focus / Gramercy
|Mad Max: Fury Road||May 15, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Pitch Perfect 2||May 15, 2015||Universal
|Entourage||Jun 3, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Tomorrowland||May 22, 2015||Disney
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||May 1, 2015||Disney
|Love & Mercy||Jun 5, 2015||Roadside Attractions
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.