With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Chris Pratt might just win back the summer from Josh Brolin
Who will be the summer’s first US$4 billion man? Brolin’s films have grossed more than US$2.4 billion, with another still to come out, but films with Pratt as star could eclipse that total if Jurassic World sequel performs like the first one
The beginning of the popcorn movie season has been Josh Brolin’s to own so far, but this month, another franchise-heavy actor might have something to say about that.
Brolin starred as the big baddie Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and as the anti-hero Cable in Deadpool 2 – meaning that his 2018 movies have already grossed a total of more than US$2.4 billion worldwide (and his Sicario sequel, Day of the Soldado, is still due out on June 29).
But Chris Pratt stole a few scenes of his own in Infinity War, including a crucial moment when his character Star-Lord’s hot-headed idiocy (spoiler!) thwarts the team’s defeat of Thanos (a blunder for which Pratt is newly on the semi-defensive).
And now, Pratt returns with his other big franchise, starring in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. If the sequel, which opens June 22, can rival Pratt’s first Jurassic turn, then he may yet be the box-office king of the summer – potentially topping Paul Bettany’s twin recent outings (Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story , which have so far grossed more than US$2 billion combined), as well.
Three summers ago, Jurassic World grossed a surprisingly monstrous US$1.67 billion worldwide. Early tracking points to Fallen Kingdom having a domestic debut of US$140 million, and even bigger overseas receipts are likely.
So while Pratt and Brolin might be vying for this would-be summer title, Pratt has a real shot at becoming the season’s “$4 billion man”.