Hollywood 2015: Do Critics Matter for Mega-Blockbusters

box_officeIt is official:

Jurassic World is now the third highest-grossing film in history, behind only Titanic and Avatar, both made at Fox and directed by James Cameron.

Thus, James Cameron still is King of the World (remember his Titanic Oscar speech).



The dinosaur thriller-actioner has grossed $1.53 billion, pushing past Marvel’s The Avengers and its $1.52 billion haul.

Do Critics Matter?

Do film critics matter when mega (global) blockbusters are concerned?

Avatar (2009), the most commercially successful film ever made, has 88 percent approval rateon RottenTomatoes.

Titanic (1997), the second most widely seen picture, has 83 percent approval rate on RottenTomatoes.

Jurassic World has 71 percent approval rate on RottenTomatoes (one out of four reviews is negative).

Universal Studio

Universal, the studio behind Jurassic World, claims the top five highest-grossing films twice this year, after propelling Furious 7 to $1.51 billion globally.  Prior to 2015, no Universal release had ever passed $1 billion at the global box-office.

Jurassic World has grossed $614.3 million at the domestic box office, making it only the fourth film in North American history to cross $600 million mark. It has generated an additional $907.3 million at the foreign box office.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film featured one major star, Chris Pratt, and one minor actress, Bryce Dallas Howard, and lots of CGI special effects.

Fourteen years separated the installments in the series–Jurassic Park III, considered to be the worst chapter, bowed in 2001.

Jurassic World has one remaining territory left to open — Japan, where it debuts on August 5.

Ticket sales are winding down in the U.S. and China, the two biggest markets for the film, Jurassic World is unlikely to topple Titanic and its $2.18 billion gross or Avatar and its $2.79 billion from their spots on the chart.