Audiences ate up JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION across the country and around the world with the third biggest opening of the pandemic.

These dinos still got bite.

Exceeding estimates, the final opening weekend tally for Jurassic World Dominion came in at a dominating $145 million in North America. It’s $245M international take brought the sequel’s global gross to just under $400M.

Despite the worst reviews of the six-film franchise, audiences devoured multiplexes with Dominion ticket sales. The $145M is the third best debut of the pandemic era, behind only Marvel’s top two tentpoles Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260M) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($185M).

Dominion is the second non-comic book movie to crack the $100M mark on opening weekend, finishing ahead of Top Gun: Maverick‘s $124M initial three-day haul (it totaled $160.5M over the 4-day Memorial Day holiday). Dominion even bested The Batman, which opened to $134M back in early March.

However, word-of-mouth will have to be much better than the scathing reviews if Dominion hopes to hold strong in coming weeks.

Maverick stayed strong at #2 with another $50 million, a mere 44% drop from last weekend’s take. By comparison, major blockbusters that open at over $100M tend to decline in the 60-to-70% over subsequent weekends, but Maverick‘s second and third weekend drops only dipped to 29% and 44%. Maverick‘s current totals stand at $395M domestic and $749M worldwide.

Doctor Strange 2 was a distant third with just $5.2 million, but its box office remains second only to Spider-Man: No Way Home in the pandemic era…but not for long. DS2‘s domestic cume of $398.1M will be passed by Top Gun: Maverick in a matter of days.

(UPDATE: on Monday June 13, Maverick became the year’s highest grosser so far, passing $400M.)

At Maverick‘s still-impressive rate, it will soar well-past DS2 by the end of its theatrical run and will vie for the summer’s (and possibly the year’s) biggest movie. The overall box office is also at its healthiest pace of the pandemic, as June looks to become the first billion-dollar month since 2019.

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