Jurassic World has taken in $460 million at the US box office, overtaking Avengers: Age of Ultron’s roughly $450 million domestic gross. Despite middling reviews for both titles, Jurassic Park and Avengers: Age of Ultron are worth nearly a billion dollars in the domestic box office. Jurassic World is in fact on track to make $500 million in just a little over two weeks, beating another Marvel Studios film, The Avengers. The Avengers reached $500 million in 23 days, but Jurassic Park will hit that in 18 or 19 days if current trends continue.

All this means great stuff for the American box office, which is at a record high for year-to-date: $5.303 billion. "We have been breaking records in almost every single month, and that's how you build a record year," Rentrak box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. For reference, at this time in 2012, the domestic box office was at $5.153 billion.

This comes after 2014’s box office saw the biggest decline in almost a decade, with revenue 5% lower than its previous year.

Money’s all good and well, but quality? Jurassic World has at least garnered reviews more positive than those for Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. Avengers: Age of Ultron has maneuvered past a lot of Joss Whedon’s gossipy dish and personal drama to a lukewarm Rotten Tomatoes score of 74%, indicating that despite some major disappointments, moviegoers pretty much felt they got what they went to the movies for.

Waiting in the wings this year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, as well as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, for this holiday season. With Warner Bros alone releasing nine movies this summer, audiences won’t exactly be starved for choice. Warners’ domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman says, "It will be tough work, but I think it will pay off. As [CEO] Kevin [Tsujihara] says, if we aren't going to handle these movies, someone else will."

I think there ought to be a point made here - 'only' $450 million at the US box office. 'Only'...I never know whether to laugh or cry at the sheer moronic nature of these statements.  Did a movie back its production costs? For Avengers Age Of Ultron I belie that cost came to $250  million. Let me get my calculator...that's $200 million profit.  

Oh gods forbid that I ever made a profit on selling comics that low!

And does anyone take Rotten Tomatoes seriously any more?  It was a bit of fun in the 1970s but it's floating dead in the compost, if people like that sort of thing let them but I just see it as pointless.

But some of the shine has definitely gone from The Avengers franchise.....wait....I need to contact Disney. Think about it -super heroes make money in movies but not enough and people are already criticising the move (I call it "pointless look-at-me bitching").  But dinosaurs make more money...I see the next Marvel Universe movie....


Don't knock it.  It has potential -goddam super heroes versus a dinosaur, man!!!  $$$$$$$$$$