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There weren’t any surprises at the box office this weekend, but there were a lot of rampaging dinosaurs and animated superheroes.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the top movie at the box office for the second straight week, with Pixar’s long-awaited sequelIncredibles 2 coming in second again, too. Both films’ success carried over from week to week, and neither movie was in much danger of being bumped by the weekend’s new releases.

Among the top two movies,Jurassic World has already raked in more than $932 million worldwide, putting it on pace to break $1 billion in its third week, which certainly isn’t too shabby. Meanwhile,Incredibles 2 is now the second-highest grossing Pixar film of all-time and the third-largest animated movie of all time after just three weeks, and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down just yet.

#TitleWeekend U.S. TotalWorldwide Total
1.Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$60M$264.7M$932.3M
2.Incredibles 2$45.5M$439.7M$646.8M
3.Sicario: Day of the Soldado$19M$19M$27.4M
4.Uncle Drew$15.5M$15.5M$15.5M
5.Ocean’s 8$8M$114.7M$209.7M
6.Tag$5.6M$40.8M$48.2M
7.Deadpool 2$3.4M$310.3M$719M
8.Sanju$2.5M$2.5M$24.7M
9.Solo: A Star Wars Story$2.2M$207.2M$368.8M
10.Won’t You Be My Neighbor$2.2M$7.4M$7.4M

As for the weekend’s new releases, three films’ premieres cracked the week’s top 10 films at the box office.

In third place was drug-war sequelSicario: Day of the Soldado, which received decent reviews from professional critics (62 percent approval) and just so-so reviews from audiences (a “B” grade), but still had a $19 million opening weekend. That’s far better ticket sales than the original, 2015 film directed by Denis Villeneuve, so the film’s debut is anything but a disappointment at this point.

Basketball comedyUncle Drew debuted in fourth place over the weekend, and the film — which is based on a series of commercials that featured professional players pretending to be old men — received a surprisingly warm welcome from critics and audiences alike. It earned a 67 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive “A” grade from audiences on CinemaScore. That’s the sort of pleasant surprise that can work in a film’s favor over the following weeks, so it will be interesting to see how that good word-of-mouth buzz affects the film’s run.

The other new release to make it into the weekend’s top 10 was Bollywood dramaSanju, which was only shown in 356 theaters in the US, so the $2.5 million it earned is actually quite good.

This upcoming week will likely bring a new box-office champion, as Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Waspflies into theaters with all the hype a Marvel movie brings with it these days. Also debuting is horror franchise prequelThe First Purge, which will likely continue that series’ success at the box office. AlthoughAnt-Man and the Wasp is a lock for the weekend’s top movie, it will be interesting to see howJurassic World andIncredibles 2 fare as their runs continue.


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