In around three months time, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in cinemas. The movie – the fifth entry in the ‘Jurassic’ series – is directed by J.A. Bayona, is set after the events of Jurassic World (2015) and promises to be as huge as its predecessor.
Ahead of the movie’s release, I thought it would be good to take a look back at the previous entries in the series, which so far includes: Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic Park: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001) and Jurassic World. In this post I’m looking at the critical and commercial responses to the films, utilising data plucked from the sites: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB and Box Office Mojo.
Using the aforementioned sites, I’m going to weigh up the financial success of each movie, as well as the critical achievements to rank the films. The big question is, will these rankings reflect how you would ultimately rank the ‘Jurassic’ films?
Ranking the ‘Jurassic’ movies according to Rotten Tomatoes:
According to Rotten Tomatoes, here is the current rating for each movie, starting with the highest score and working down.
- Jurassic Park 92%
- Jurassic World 71%
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park 53%
- Jurassic Park III 50%
Now, let’s compare the above scores with IMDB’s ratings.
Ranking the ‘Jurassic’ movies according to IMDB:
- Jurassic Park 8.1/10
- Jurassic World 7.0/10
- The Lost World: Jurassic World 6.5/10
- Jurassic Park III 5.9/10
OK, so far the rankings have remained consistent. Let’s now take a look at the financial returns of each movie, according to Box Office Mojo.
Ranking the ‘Jurassic’ movies according to Box Office Mojo:
- Jurassic World $1,671.7
- Jurassic Park $983.8
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park $618.6
- Jurassic Park III $368.8
As you can see the list of rankings changes a little, with Jurassic World and Jurassic Park switching places. The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III retain their positions.
So, what does this information tell us?
Well, first and foremost, according to Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB and Box Office Mojo, Jurassic Park III is the least successful film – both critically and commercially. In terms of consistency, The Lost World: Jurassic Park takes the spot for being the ‘middle of the road’ entry, with critical ratings just above the mid-point and a fair box office result.
This just leaves Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. Critically, Jurassic Park is viewed as the zenith of the series, while commercially it is Jurassic World that has hit the peak of what the ‘Jurassic’ series has to offer (so far).
But do these sets of rankings match up with how you’d rank the Jurassic Park/World movies?
For me personally, I’d place the series in this order:
- Jurassic Park
- Jurassic World
- Jurassic Park III
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park
I love all of the ‘Jurassic’ movies, but I think Jurassic Park III deserves a heck of a lot more credit than it ever receives. Apart from being a little too short (the finale could have benefited from another 10-20 minutes), I think Jurassic Park III is a solid adventure movie.
Jurassic Park is my ultimate ‘Jurassic’ movie because it feels timeless and even after 25 years I still get excited watching it. That is the mark of a good movie.
But what do you think? How would you rank the ‘Jurassic’ movies?
While you weigh up your thoughts (and before you head to the comments section below), here’s a trailer for the next entry in the series: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.