Box Office At Historic $2.5 Billion So Far In 2018 A Year After Naysayers Declared It Dead, ‘Jurassic World’ Tops 2ND Weekend With $50M

Film Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Summer is truly roaring, and it’s not just because of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,  which is topping the B.O. in its second weekend with $60.3M, -59%, with a 10-day total of $265M.

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Going by the usual measure of summer starting the first weekend of May, the season through June 27 is at $2.09 billion, +16% over the same period last year, which wound up being the lowest in 11 years at $3.97 billion, per ComScore. Now, compared to summer 2013 at the same point in time, which then tallied $2.19B, we’re currently pacing 3% behind that figure, which ultimately repped a banner year for the season with $4.87B.

During the first week of Infinity War‘s play, theatrical ticket sales hit $415.1M, and to discount that amount of business from the summer B.O. just because of some arbitrary traditional date is shortsighted. For AMC, Cinemark, Regal and other theater chains, they’ve been feeling the heat wave since late April, as concessions fly off bins and lines form outside. So what if the season began four days before May 1? Exhibition and the majors are richer. How much? For the period of April 27 through June 27, the summer box office is actually $2.5 billion, a raging 30% ahead of the same period a year ago, and –get this– it’s already close to 10% ahead of 2013 over the same period.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Universal Pictures
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