Jurassic World- Becomes the Third Highest Grossing Film of All Time; Sequel Confirmed

I really enjoyed watching Jurassic World. I saw it twice in theaters, which isn't something I do very often. Was it the best movie of the year? No, but it was a damn fun film. You can read my review for the movie here. But no one could have predicted how big of a success the movie would be at the box office. Many expected that it would be among the highest grossing films of the year, but no one thought it would make as much money as it has. After Jurassic World's record breaking $208 million dollar opening (as well as making over $500 in total worldwide), I wrote an article which debated what the list of the highest grossing films of all time would look after 2015, which you can read here. At the time, Furious 7 was number four and Avengers: Age of Ultron was number five, so already 2015 films were prevalent in the list. But then Jurassic World began building up momentum and moving up the ranks.

Well it is official now that Jurassic World has overtaken The Avengers to become the third highest grossing movie of all time. The film has so far made $1.53 billion worldwide. It now only stands behind Avatar and Titanic, which are both $2 billion dollar movies. At this point, I'm not very surprised that Jurassic World has made this much money. It's proven to defy any kind of expectations put on it. But I highly doubt it will break $2 billion. It has fallen off the top 5 list at this point, and is no longer making boatloads of money each week, which makes it hard for it to earn another $500 million dollars. I think it will end up around $1.7 billion by the end, cementing it at number three. And the studio is losing their f*cking mind about that! Now the big question becomes of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If Jurassic World can make $1.5 billion, what will that movie make? I think it honestly has a shot of beating Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time. If not first, then second. But (if it's good), I don't see how it doesn't break $2 billion.

At the same time that this news broke about Jurassic World becoming the third highest grossing film of all time, Universal officially greenlit a sequel to the movie, set for a 2018 release. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles, and Colin Trevorrow will be involved as a producer and writer, though (as of right now) will not be directing. He has expressed disinterest in directing the film, so it will be interesting to see who they bring on to helm this fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. It will also be interesting to see where they take the story. I am done with the parks. We've seen the dinosaurs chasing humans in the park already, several times. Jurassic World finished that off perfectly. So what do you do next? How do you move past the parks and still have it feel like a Jurassic Park movie and not just a SyFy Dinosaur flick? It's going to be tough to do. A lot of people are speculating that the sequel will go with the military angle, introduced through Vincent D'Onofrio's character in the film. But I think they could very well open the movie with the legal repercussions of Jurassic World. Hundreds of people were killed and injured, and if they begin the film with a lawsuit brought against Howard for her involvement in the incident, that could be interesting. They would just have to think of a fun and new way to introduce the dinosaurs into the story. 

What do you think? Are you surprised Jurassic World has become the third highest grossing film of all time? Will it overtake Titanic? Are you glad Universal greenlit a sequel? What should the story focus on? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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