Jurassic World may have been a mess of a film, but it was also an incredibly profitable one. In fact, it held the record for largest domestic opening weekend of all time until Star Wars: The Force Awakens came along, and still checks in at number four all-time at the domestic and international box office. With that kind of profit, it’s no surprise that Universal would be willing to up the budget for the sequel — but the number they’ve landed on is staggering.
Colin Trevorrow made Jurassic World on $150, but the sequel’s director J.A. Bayona will be working with almost 75% more than that. According to Spanish magazine El Pais Seminal (via Scified), the studio is putting aside a $260 budget for the untitled Jurassic World follow-up.
Now, $260 million isn’t exactly unheard of for a modern blockbuster, but that sort of increase is nearly unheard of. To put it into some sort of perspective, the first Avengers cost Marvel $220 million, and even though that film also took the opening weekend record and ranked in the top five all-time both domestically and worldwide, the sequel’s budget was only $30 million more. The difference between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight rises was about 35%, and hell, even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Crap only jumped $25 million from Man of Steel.
Bayona has never made a movie with over a $100 million budget, so seeing what he does with $260 big ones is going to be interesting. Hopefully he uses it on more practical effects instead of creating another $110 million dinosaur-cartoon hybrid. Written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the currently untitled Jurassic World sequel is due out on June 22nd, 2018.
[All budget numbers via Box Office Mojo.]