Jurassic Park and Jurassic World brought some of our favorite monsters from extinction into theaters everywhere. Now our CineFix series, Things You Didn't Know, has dug up a whole nest of facts about the old and new Jurassic films. Prepare to impress all your movie-loving and dino-loving friends at your next Jurassic Park-themed party. Because everyone has Jurassic Park-themed parties.
Movie sequels come with both pros and cons. The main pro is you already have an established audience who will hopefully want to come along and see the next chapter of your franchise. The con is that your new film is always going to be compared to what came before it. On Wednesday, the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released. The story revolves around Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters journeying to a dino park to save the scaly beasts from an evil corporation.
Every new Jurassic film brings a raft of new questions: Was Tyrannosaurus rex really that visually impaired? Could a Pteranodon really pick up a human with its feet? Why is Bryce Dallas Howard running in heels? One question fans might not have thought to ask, though, was whether or not the velociraptors were the correct size. "In real life, velociraptor was a much smaller animal, probably about the size of a really big turkey," says Nathan Smith, associate curator of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County.
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with an estimated $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend. While that total didn't approach the record-breaking debut of 2015's "Jurassic" reboot, it proved the franchise still roars loudly among moviegoers.