Dinosaur Fossil Sells For 10 Times What Jurassic World 2 Imagined
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's famous dinosaur auction undervalued the creatures, considering how much money a T-Rex fossil recently fetched.
The auction in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom imagined the prices of living dinosaurs, but it turns out the movie didn't get it quite right. As a follow up to the Jurassic Park franchise, the Jurassic World films have introduced a new set of fans to the beloved world. The third and final film in the new trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion, is currently set to release in June 2022. It will again feature Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard but also bring back familiar faces from the original films. These include Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant. Though the movie has only three weeks of shooting left, filming is currently shut down due to positive coronavirus tests on set.
While looking ahead to the release of Jurassic World: Dominion, it makes sense to consider the movies that came before it. This is especially true considering the upcoming film will wrap up the new trilogy. One part of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom showed people betting in a dinosaur auction. When the movie was released to theaters, many took issue with the relatively low price of the dinosaurs, especially considering they were living creatures. Some compared the costs to fossils being sold today, which would likely have less value.
Now, the auction in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is back in the spotlight thanks to the sale of "one of the most complete" T-Rex fossils currently known. Per Insta Science, the fossil went for $31.8 million, making it significantly more expensive than the dinosaurs at the auction in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Though the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies are far from realistic, what makes them so enjoyable is imagining a world where dinosaurs still roam. To make this feeling as believable as possible, the films need to be as realistic as they can be within the world they've created. It's understandable viewers are still quick to call out the auction scene, especially with this new real-life fossil comparison available. The recent sale probably won't matter to some fans but gives those already frustrated by the auction in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a little more evidence.
Sci-fi and fantasy movies have always had a fine line to walk, and this news illustrates that. Audiences are looking for an escape, of course. However, part of what makes those genres so popular is their ability to find moments viewers can relate to their own experience or world. Otherwise, audiences are taken out of the movie, causing them to question scenes like this one in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.