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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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 June, 2018, 3:38pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 June, 2018, 3:40pm

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).

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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”.