Viewers defy critics, “Jurassic World 4” is now more likely than ever

(L to R) Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon and DeWanda Wise in Jurassic World Dominion

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Jurassic World: Dominion (2022) rampaged through theaters this weekend, not unlike the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the film’s epic prologue. The sixth part of the extremely popular Jurassic Park The franchise grossed more than $143 million at the US box office and $389 million at the global box office, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2022 so far.

But while audiences flocked to theaters in droves, critics weren’t so kind, with the film’s script and overall premise being the most criticized elements. Having said that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) was also sourly received, but still grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide and, of course, got a sequel.

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Jurassic World: Dominiondirected by Colin Trevorrow, is set four years after the world-changing events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in which dinosaurs are released into the North American wilderness after a black market auction at Lockwood Manor goes horribly wrong. During this time, dinosaurs populated the whole country and beyond.

The film sees the return of the original Jurassic Park (1993) Characters Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who team up with them Jurassic world Characters Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), in an attempt to thwart a biotechnology company’s nefarious plans.

Parasaurolophus Jurassic World: Dominion
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According to the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment website, here is the official synopsis for Colin Trevorrows Jurassic World: Dominion:

Dominion takes place four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar. Dinosaurs now live – and hunt – side by side with humans around the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and decide once and for all whether humans should remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

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Universal Pictures spared no expense in marketing the film – promotions came in all shapes and sizes, be it cross-promoted with the 2022 Winter Olympics or the official Jurassic World: Dominion The prologue was even uploaded to YouTube by Universal. Meanwhile, director Colin Trevorrow has commented on many elements of the film.

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Jurassic Park Fans were hungry for the sixth and final chapter in the law franchise for some time, and the film’s delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic only made them more starved. Originally slated for release on June 11, 2021, Jurassic World: Dominion was pushed back a full year, but it looks like nothing has hurt the film’s success.

Rexy in the Jurassic World Dominion Olympics trailer
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So while the film is on track to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2022, it’s a fourth law movie inevitable? Whether it Jurassic Park 6 or Jurassic world 4or something else entirely (a new trilogy entitled Jurassic periodmaybe?), fans can or should expect another part Jurassic World: Dominion really bring about “the end of the Jurassic era” as promised in the trailers?

Well, without going into spoilers, the latest sequel hardly makes future movies impossible. While certain storylines and character arcs are inevitably completed, Jurassic World: Dominion, as you might expect, leaves the gates open for future sequels. After all, dinosaurs are out in the open now and as such there is undoubtedly a wealth of untold stories.

Maisie Lockwood Jurassic World Dominion
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A few months ago, producer Frank Marshall even discussed the possibility of future installments:

“I think Dominion will complete this trilogy, but we’re not resting on our laurels.” said Marshal. “We’re going to sit down and see what the future holds. We have this wonderful series, Camp Cretaceous, on Netflix. We obviously want to make high quality, good films with great storytelling, great writers and directors, but we definitely want to do more in the Jurassic world.” The producer continued “I really just focus on the films. So I haven’t thought about that yet. There was no discussion about that. Like I said, we have the animated series. I think that’s enough for now.”

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More recently, however, Chris Pratt suggested the opposite and said so Jurassic World: Dominion is in fact the final film in the franchise. On the today show, Chris Pratt was asked by the host, “Is that [Jurassic World: Dominion] really the end?” The actor replied and said:

“I really think it’s the end, yeah. They’ve got the Legacy cast back – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum – plus the cast of Jurassic World, all of our storylines converge in a way that’s almost like a finale.” The actor further said: “Thirty years in development – this is the sixth Jurassic film and the end of this franchise.”

Chris Pratt Jurassic World: Dominion
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Where Jurassic Park (or Jurassic world, depending on preference) from here remains to be seen. Even the Netflix show Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020) is about to enter its fifth and final season, which will air on July 21. But when you consider how lucrative it is law brand, it’s hard to believe that Universal intends to end the franchise.

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While critics seem to be talking about the series being long overdue, we think, and many fans will agree, that there’s still a lot of untapped potential with some really exciting directions Jurassic Park might record movies in the future. Or maybe even a live-action TV series, a treatment many big IPs have already received in recent years.

is Jurassic World: Dominion really the end of law era, or is it just the beginning?

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what were you thinking about Jurassic World: Dominion? And do you think we’re getting a Jurassic World 4? Let us know in the comments below!

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