by Samuel Roberts

However, one that has enjoyed a particularly significant level of success is Jurassic World, a series that clearly shows how our love of a bit of good old-fashioned prehistoric terror remains firmly intact.

A blockbuster powerhouse

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, the first Jurassic World film released in 2015 built on the success of the original Jurassic Park movies to become a blockbuster powerhouse in its own right.

The movie shattered a host of box office records when it first opened. Variety detailed the movie’s milestones such as the highest-grossing weekend of all time, the biggest domestic June debut and the fastest film to $200 million. The sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, was also a massive box office success, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing how it became the third movie of 2018 to cross the $1 billion mark.

There is no denying that the success of the films has given the franchise a new lease of life as part of popular culture. For example, the Jurassic World brand has become prominent in the gaming world, through titles like Jurassic World: Evolution. It has even inspired an online slot game, with it featuring among a selection of film and TV-inspired slots on NetBet. Other notable big-screen icons on the site include Jumanji, Dracula, Terminator 2, and Ghostbusters. Finally, Jurassic World is massive in terms of merchandise, with the Universal Orlando online shop including a host of clothing, toys, and souvenirs inspired by the franchise.

All wrapped up

With that in mind, it will be intriguing to see whether the third film in the Jurassic World franchise is able to keep the hot streak going and complete the trilogy in style.

Deadline has reported that filming on Jurassic World: Dominion wrapped earlier this month at Pinewood Studios. Director Colin Trevorrow told the publication that hitting that point on the $165 million project had created “a lot of emotions”. As you would expect with such a blockbuster, very few details are known about the plot of the latest entry. However, Trevorrow did tell Deadline that it is a film about “the need to co-exist and survive together”.

It certainly looks set to be a grand affair, with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt joined by Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern in the film. Touchingly, the latter trio paid tribute to their Jurassic Park co-star Sir Richard Attenborough during filming, with Neill posting a photo on social media of them outside a stage named in his honour.

A key part of pop culture

So, will Dominion ultimately be able to live up to the success of the previous films in the series? The earlier entries have clearly shown how there remains plenty of interest in dinosaur-fuelled action and adventure, while the return of some familiar faces may provide a boost too.

Ultimately, Jurassic World has become a core part of our pop culture, so few would bet against Dominion dominating the box office when it is finally released.


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