Josh Brolin vs. Chris Pratt: How the 'Jurassic World' star might just win back the summer

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
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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.

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