-->

– by Joseph Jammer Medina

All eyes are on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this weekend. A few short years ago, the original Jurassic World exploded into theaters, taking the top spot of highest domestic grossing film in its opening weekend (until Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the crown half a year later). It has gone on to retain the No. 5 spot of all time worldwide box-office haul, behind Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Infinity War.

To add a bit more conflict to this narrative, it’s worth bringing up that since Jurassic World‘s release, there has been a real backlash against it. While well received almost immediately, audiences seem to have soured quickly on it, with many calling it a weaker film that Jurassic Park III. There’s nothing more some of these folks would like to see than for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to fail.

RELATED – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review – A Not So Clever Girl (Non-Spoiler)

So how is it faring? Thursday numbers are in, and it’s taken in a solid $15.3 million. This is slightly less than Spider-Man: Homecoming, which took in $15.4 million on its opening Thursday and went on to take $117 million in its opening weekend. But I know what you’re all thinking. How much did Jurassic World make? Three years ago, it took in $18.4 million on its opening Thursday before going on to take $208.8 million in its opening weekend.

So what can we take from this? Frankly, it’s hard to tell. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows a strong showing from Incredibles 2, so there’s no doubt there’s a bit of competition, even if the audiences don’t align perfectly. Based on these numbers, it seems like we can expect a sub-$117 million opening, but given how well-received Spider-Man: Homecoming was by critics, and that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is currently sitting at a middling 52% (the first film settled at 71%) on Rotten Tomatoes, I’d find it hard to believe that this will do much more than $100 million.

Could this film be the second one this year in a large franchise to disappoint? We’ll have to wait and see.

Don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook wall and with your Twitter followers! Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.

SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.