“Jurassic World once again took the biggest bite out of the box office, winning the July Fourth holiday weekend. The dinosaur movie just barely edged out Inside Out for the top spot. In its fourth week, Jurassic World earned $30.9 million for a total domestic take of $558.1 million”
Jurassic World has already crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide and is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. The movie has been a box office phenomenon, despite mixed reviews. Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal gave Jurassic World its worst review.
“The film is being shown in both 2-D and 3-D flavors. I saw the 2-D version, so I may have missed something, but I’d say the ideal number of dimensions in which to see ‘Jurassic World’ is none.”
Morgenstern criticizes everything from the acting to the script in Jurassic World. He wasn’t the only one. However, the movie also received some good reviews. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave Jurassic World one of its better reviews. He believes that the film is mindless fun.
“Jurassic World is pure, dumb, wall-to-wall fun. When they hand you your 3-D glasses, you can check your brain at the door and pick it up on your way out.”
Disney-Pixar animation’s Inside Out came close to beating Jurassic World, but ended up at No. 2 with an estimated gross of $30.1 million dollars. The film, which features the voices of Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, has received universal critical acclaim. David Edelstein of New York Magazine is one of the film’s biggest fans. He believes that the completely inventive and surreal animated comedy is going to be a new pop-culture touchstone, like Frozen.
Terminator Genisys didn’t live up to expectations and only grossed $28.7 million. Judging by the reviews, the film may be the last of the Terminator series. Brian Truitt of USA Today believes the film is a time-traveling bust, while Christie Lemire of RogerEbert.com says Arnold Schwarzenegger has become as big of a joke as the character of McBain from The Simpsons.
It will be interesting to see if Jurassic World can hold the box office again next week. The most notable releases are Minions, an animated prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, and Amy, the long-awaited Amy Winehouse documentary. While the animated comedy could do big business, music documentaries usually don’t score huge numbers, so Jurassic World may win for a fifth week in a row, if the little yellow banana-loving minions don’t steal its title.
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