Josh Brolin vs. Chris Pratt: How the 'Jurassic World' star might just win back the summer
By MICHAEL CAVNA | The Washington Post | Published: June 4, 2018
The beginning of the popcorn movie season has been Josh Brolin’s to own so far, but this month, another franchise-heavy actor might have something to say about that.
Brolin starred as the big baddie Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” and as the antihero Cable in “Deadpool 2” -- meaning that his 2018 movies have already grossed a total of more than $2.4 billion worldwide (and his “Sicario” sequel, “Day of the Soldado,” is still due out June 29).
But Chris Pratt stole a few scenes of his own in “Infinity War,” including a crucial moment when his character Star-Lord’s hotheaded idiocy (spoiler!) thwarts the team’s defeat of Thanos (a blunder for which Pratt is newly on the semi-defensive).
And now, Pratt returns with his other big franchise, starring in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” If the sequel, which opens June 22, can rival Pratt’s first “Jurassic” turn, then the “Parks and Rec” alum may yet be the box-office king of the summer -- potentially topping Paul Bettany’s twin recent outings (“Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which grossed more than $2 billion combined), as well.
Three summers ago, “Jurassic World” grossed a surprisingly monstrous $1.67 billion worldwide. Early tracking points to “Fallen Kingdom” having a domestic debut of $140 million, and even bigger overseas receipts are likely.
So while Pratt and Brolin might be vying for this would-be summer title, Pratt has a real shot at becoming the season’s “$4 billion man.”
Chris Pratt addresses the crowd as Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," in collaboration with Amazon, revealed the largest delivery in Amazon's history with the aid of 2 Jeep Rubicons at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA on June 2, 2018.
PHOTO: ALEX J. BERLINER, ABIMAGES