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Monday, June 15, 2015

JURASSIC WORLD TRIUMPHS


Jurassic World, with a production cost of $150 million, earned $511.8 (or $524.1) million, the highest world-wide opening weekend in the history of film.  Can you believe $100 million just in China?  Remember the first, Jurassic Park, 22 years ago?  That movie was the first to reach $50 million for the first weekend.  Go see it in Titan XC or IMAX or 3D.  The audience actually cheered and clapped at the end.

For details on the Jurassic series, scroll down to my Friday posting.  Indominus Rex was not the baddest monster.  That honor goes to the resident Mosasaurus (here eating a large shark):



That graphic exaggerates, for the Mosasaurus only had a length of 59 feet, while both the T. Rex and I. Rex stood 40 feet tall.  The dinosaurs looked real, showed emotion and had intelligence.  Computer animation has been perfected.

Certainly, Hawaii looked good, and tourists will come wanting to visit film sites:


And those were just the Oahu locations.  Louisiana also got a good share of the filming.

Next?  Episode 7, Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.  But not until December 18.  


Then?  Jurassic Planet, or whatever they call it, for those pterodactyls might have had wingspans of 35 feet (at least the Quetzalcoatlus was that large, but could only catch wind currents by jumping from elevation) and can fly away.  Surely, a way will be found to have the Mosasaurus escape into the ocean.  Then there is the crafty Dr. Henry Wu, who managed to disappear in a helicopter with eggs and the heart of the laboratory.  Surely, his character will be fleshed out:  genius with misguided ambitions...and naive.  Of course, the relationship between the characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (that's her at the top--she is the daughter of Ron Howard) will gain a higher threshold.  Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Samuel Jackson and Jeff Goldblum can return in meaningful ways.  Yes, Jurassic #5 will hit your screens by 2020, a great year for vision.

I might add that I also went to see Spy, which was #1 last week, but is now a pale #2.  I've seen 8 of the top 10 on the list this week.  Spy got 95% reviewers' and 85% audience ratings in Rotten Tomatoes, and was very funny, quite enjoyable, and an excellent complement to Jurassic World.  Essentially, this was a spoof of James Bond films, where the creators asked, how can we make an unsung hero out of the most antithetical possible Homo sapien, and they found Melissa McCarthy, chubby, female, desk bound...

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