Jurassic World Dominion is finally out in theatres, thus bringing back the beloved franchise that began 30 years ago. Jurassic Park introduced the world to dinosaurs, full-scale in a larger-than-life setting and live in action. The scale of the extinct beasts terrified and at the same time entertained the crowds when the movie first came out in 1993. The Steven Spielberg classic has however failed to bring back the originality that came with the first installment of the franchise and had repeatedly failed at the box office with every sequel that was being released in the original trilogy.
But with the 2015 reboot, Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt, the franchise earned a new name and a new era of success took over. But that was short-lived and limited to the first of the trilogy as well. With Jurassic World Dominion now out only in select few countries, why is it already being hailed as the worst of the franchise?
The Revival of Jurassic World
The original movie directed by none other than Spielberg was adapted from John Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. The movie was a global success and brought the oversized reptiles alive in our imagination. However, the success of the original Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum movie was not enough to warrant a successful franchise. The trilogy soon after tanked at the box office and went on an indefinite hiatus.
After 14 long years, Colin Trevorrow resurrected the classic dinosaur franchise. Keeping the dino origin story intact, the Chris Pratt starring sci-fi action-adventure film returned with a blast at the global box office. Although several changes were made to the script to divert it from the existing plots of the novel, the story rallied as one of the greatest successes, and Jurassic World soon became the first of the trilogy in the revival of the franchise.
Jurassic World Dominion Box Office Success
With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom setting a volcano to erupt on the island of the Isla Nublar, the dinosaurs were set free into the world unchecked and unrestricted in their co-habitation with the human population. The Jurassic World: Dominion picks up right after the events of Fallen Kingdom.
However, even with an unparalleled storyline and revival of the original movie’s cast, the ensemble movie could not fetch enough at the box office, especially not when compared to the other major release, Top Gun: Maverick, which is gleefully still soaring at the box office, and with a Fresh rating of a balking 97%
The Rotten Tomatoes score for the final movie of the franchise is the worst of all the six movies. The Spielberg sequel The Lost World fetched a 53% critic rating and the 3rd installment did even worse with a mere 48%. However, with the 2015 reboot, Jurassic World earned an impressive 71% making it the second-most successful in the entire franchise with Jurassic Park sitting comfortably at the top.
Jurassic World Dominion, which releases globally on 10 June 2022, grossed a paltry 39% — the lowest in the entire franchise, coupled with box-office earnings of $125 million which is lower than the projected $165-205 million domestically.