Hey Thrill Seekers,
If Universal bosses were sat around a massive table twiddling their thumbs and trying to think up what to invest in next than perhaps this weekends box office takings might well be a major clue.
Jurassic World, the fourth film in the franchise took a breathtaking $511 million Worldwide at the weekend making it the largest grossing opening ever. The film was considered a sure fire hit even before the figures emerged mainly due to its trusted formula of Dinosaurs and a popular leading man (Chris Pratt) however I’m sure even Universal were amazed at the level of business Jurassic World has current done.
In my mind I see those same thumb twiddling exec’s reading the turnout and revenue figures and shouting something similar too;
Forget Harry Potter!!! Forget Volcano Bay…!!! Build me more dinosaurs stuff
Even before the new movie hit screens rumours were circulating that perhaps Universal were considering updating their Jurassic Park Land found at Islands of Adventure. I would think its now highly likely that this will happen.
The main attraction at the Jurassic Park section is the River Adventure which is still a great ride but I don’t think there’s any argument that it could do with being refreshed. When it initially opened it was the height of technology but obviously things have moved on.
Perhaps Universal weren’t sure if Jurassic Park had run its course and therefore had placed it lower down in importance but with the weekend results I’d imagine it’s very much in the forefront of their minds.
Superheros are very much in vogue at the moment but even though Islands of Adventure has its own Marvel Land they’re pretty limited to what they can actually do especially considering their major competitor owns the IP. Harry Potter is part of this generation’s childhood but again Universal don’t own the IP and the amount of hoops they have to jump through to make sure the vision of the Wizarding World stays true is unbelievable. So investing in Jurassic Park where Universal own the rights seems like a no brainer…
It’s a pretty safe bet to say we’ll see at least 1 additional Jurassic World movie… lets see if Universal announce some Jurassic park news in the near future.