No one expected this weekend’s box office to be ruled by dinosaurs. At least, not to the extent Colin Trevorrow’s Indominus Rex’s sized “Jurassic World” sequel broke box office records 22 years after the original “Jurassic Park” opened in 1993.
While riding a very good year between “Furious 7” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Universal struck gold when it cracked open fossilized amber and brought Steven Spielberg’s behemoth back to the big screen. The dinosaurs gone wild movie took a $204 million bite at the domestic box office, just short of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” pull of $207.4 million. According to Deadline, “Jurassic World” chomped its way to becoming the king of the international box office with an astounding $511 million debut, the largest global opening of all time.
There’s several directions the next “Jurassic World” sequel could go. The most obvious of which is to continue to follow Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they navigate romantic waters and potentially find themselves back to dealing with dinosaurs. After all, the cloning company responsible in the first film and in subsequent sequels can’t be the only ones with a dinosaur obsession. Cinemablend reports director Colin Trevorrow will probably not return to helm the next “Jurassic World” adventure, but would be involved in some capacity.
Another theory that sprouted at /Film is the reappearance of B.D. Wong’s researcher from the original series in “Jurassic World.” In the midst of chaos and a rushed escape, Dr. Henry Wu (Wong) made off with InGen’s military team with a briefcase of dino embryos. That unanswered thread may be the key to see what happens in the next sequel.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chris Pratt jokingly said he would gladly return for a sequel. He told the outlet, “They have me for I think 38 movies or something.” Whether that is an Indominus Rex size exaggeration remains to be seen, but it would probably be no surprise for “Jurassic Park” fans eager to go back through the gates of nostalgia in the next "Jurassic World" sequel.