Jurassic World: Dominion Director Reveals His Favorite Day On Set

Jurassic World: Dominion finally arrived in cinemas this weekend and has roared straight to the top of the box office. Director Colin Trevorrow’s finale to the Jurassic World trilogy may not have pleased a lot of the critics, it has delivered exactly what audiences wanted, landing a worldwide opening box office of just under $390 million and putting it on course to be another potential $1 billion earner of 2022. Of course, working on such a big movie was always going to make memories for those involved in making it, and Trevorrow has one particular day on set that stands out from the rest.

The culmination of the Jurassic Park Saga sees the stars of both the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises together in a movie that delivers plenty of dinosaur action that isn’t confined to a single island. As one of the movies that was made during the Covid pandemic, Jurassic World: Dominion that meant a long shoot littered with re-writes, delays and other challenging moments. For that reason, Trevorrow recently told The Hollywood Reporter that his most memorable day on set was when it all finally came to an end. He said:

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“We wrapped everyone on the same night, and it was four in the morning. It was November during Covid, and we’d shot the whole summer. And the last thing we did was shoot everyone together in a helicopter. We packed everyone in this tiny helicopter, and it looked like E.T.’s closet with all of these faces. And seeing all of them together, that was actually the moment where I realized what we’d done. DeWanda was to my right, flying the helicopter, and I really felt it then. It was very emotional. It was extremely special and powerful for me to be looking at people who were not just actors I was working with, but friends and people who I believe I’ll have a relationship with that is maybe a little deeper than the average, “Hey, we made a movie together for a couple of months and then we all went on our way,” kind of actor and director thing.”

Dominion Has Continued The Franchise Trend Of Bad Reviews But Big Box Office Results

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While a run of bad reviews from critics can be enough to sink a movie, the Jurassic franchise has constantly been defying the critics to deliver huge returns at the box office. While Jurassic Park was universally praised as an almost perfect movie, the rest of the franchise has always struggled to please professional reviewers, with all of the sequels landing somewhere between a 50% and 70% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes. Dominion is now the worst movie in the franchise, after seeing its initial 54% approval rate drop to a current 30%, but that hasn’t stopped the money rolling in over its opening weekend.

As with many of the Jurassic movies, it all comes down to the simple fact that many people go to see these movies to see dinosaurs, and Jurassic World: Dominion delivers that in droves. With almost $400 million taken worldwide in its opening weekend, it is doubtful that anyone involved in the movie is going to be too bothered about the lack of love being shown by critics and will be more than happy with how the film has landed with audiences.