‘Jurassic World’ Rocks and Rules Planet Earth

As of Monday morning June 15th, “Jurassic World” has broken every box-office record in the world. Previous watermarks “The Avengers” and “Harry Potter” have been left in the dust.

So far, Americans have spent $208 million to go see it, counting receipts from its early opening Thursday night through Sunday. The movie, with an estimated $150 million budget, took in about $90 million on Fridayalone.

International ticket sales have brought in an additional $300 million plus from overseas. China contributed $100 million by itself. That’s over half a billion dollars in earnings after some 80 hours in release.

It is the biggest bonanza in Universal Studios history.

Locally, “Jurassic World” has set a precedent by opening in three separate rival venues: 2-D at the Jean Cocteau, 2-D and 3-D editions at the Regal Stadium 14, and 2-D and 3-D at the Violet Crown. Of the 38 total screens in town, it’s playing on 10 of them. The Violet Crown has it with Spanish subtitles!

In my nearly 40 years of moviegoing in Santa Fe, I’ve never seen such saturation. Nationally, it’s currently playing on 4,274 screens, the widest theatrical release ever. You can hardly miss it.   

Miss it, I have not.

Lisa and I went to the very first 3-D show at the VC Thursday evening, having purchased our tickets in advance and reserved our primo seats. We even had our glasses already. All that remained was the popcorn (and it was fine popcorn, too). I wore my “Jurassic Park” T-shirt in honor of the occasion.

Really, is there any need to offer my personal reactions in review? Is it important for my readers to know the names of the stars and the nature of the plotline? Unnecessary, I think. The film has some dinosaurs. That’s about it.

Perhaps it is sufficient to quote Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in the second movie in the series, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), who tells his fellow travelers what to expect when they arrive at Isla Sorna: “Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh. That’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and, umm, screaming.”

And there you have it; “Jurassic World” is more of the same, but different, maybe even better.

If I must quantify our responses, then allow me to tell you that after the movie Lisa had a cramp in her right hand from squeezing it in terror and excitement. Her left hand was busy for the entire 124-minute running time clutching my right.

When we’re driving home after seeing a movie, we often ask each other, “What was your favorite part?” That night Lisa asked me, and instead of picking out a particular scene or effect, I blurted, “THE ENTIRE THING!!”.

We’ll probably go see it again in Las Vegas when it shows up at the Ft. Union Drive-In. I’ll be calling them for the schedule later this week (505-425-9934).

In the meantime, as of this writing, it is 186 days and counting until “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” debuts.              

 At which time, I am sure all of the above will be history, and moot, to boot.

See Casey's review of 'San Andreas.'

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