‘Jurassic’ again top draw at US box office

LOS ANGELES • “Jurassic World Dominion” again stomped to the top on North American movie screens this weekend, while new release “Lightyear” didn’t quite make it to infinity, or beyond.

Universal’s latest dinosaur frightfest — the sixth in the “Jurassic Park” franchise — took in an estimated US$58.7 million (RM259.34 million) for the Friday-through-Sunday period, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.

“Lightyear”, Pixar and Disney’s latest computer-animated offering from the “Toy Story” empire, earned US$51 million. David A Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research called that “a soft opening for a spinoff of one of the most successful animation series of all time”.

Chris Evans voices title character Buzz Lightyear, who battles evil Emperor Zurg while trying to find his way home from a hostile planet. “Lightyear”, which features a same-sex kiss, has been denied release in more than a dozen mainly Muslim countries, a source close to Disney told AFP this week. 

Still soaring in third place was Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick”, with a US$44 million take that Variety called “mammoth” for a film in its fourth week. 

With total earnings of US$466 million domestically and US$419 million overseas, the action-adventure sequel to the original 1986 film has become the biggest hit of Tom Cruise’s not-too-shabby career.

Fourth spot went to Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” at US$4.2 million. Domestic earnings for the Benedict Cumberbatch sci-fi film are now just north of US$400 million.

And in fifth place was “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” from 20th Century. Based on the popular TV series, it took in US$1.1 million. — AFP