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Dog and scissors characters from the original film were the first to hit the box office in July 2017. It was reported that the movie cost approximately $20 million to produce.
In the early stages of the project, a group of investors, including Steven Spielberg and Steven McQueen, purchased the rights to the "Jaws" franchise, in which the film would take place decades after the first movie. In July 2017, Universal Pictures president of production Nick Carparelli stated the film is expected to make a profit of $25 million–$30 million, which will be split between the production company and the investors, who will recoup their investment within six months. "Jaws: Generations" was released on July 17, 2017, as Universal's first tentpole film of the summer, which was followed by a $30 million marketing campaign.
The film received negative reviews from critics, earning a 40% "rotten" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
During its opening weekend, "Jaws: Generations" debuted at No. 1 in the United States and Canada with $30.1 million and $12.8 million, respectively, for a three-day total of $43.9 million. The following weekend, the film opened at No. 2, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($44.7 million). Through Sunday, the film has grossed $66 million in the U.S. and Canada. Worldwide, the film has grossed $109.4 million as of February 21, 2018.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 37%, based on 179 reviews, with an average rating of 4.97/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The franchise's latest entry doesn't do much to freshen its aging premise, but it has the right mix of terror, thrills, and laughs – and a few too many sharks." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported an average grade of 3 out of 5 stars, with 60% of the audience saying they would definitely recommend it.
Some critics have compared the film to Jaws (1975), criticizing it for not being different enough from the original. The film did earn some positive comments from the critics. On NPR, John Powers said that in regards to the film's characters, "what you get with the new Jaws is exactly what you expected out of that character. You get something a little bit harder, something a little bit colder, a little bit more calculating, a little bit more calculating." The Washington Post wrote that the film "is just as frightening and ghoulish as any of its predecessors" and "has all the familiar ingredients for a summer of terror", but "still, as Jaws fans will remember, there's something missing." Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that the film "isn't exactly Jaws III, in fact, it is less scary than Jaws III, a bloated parody of the series that is as offensive as it is unfunny." Empire also wrote that the film "can't really come up with anything new to tell a familiar story. The old is still the new." Writing for Time Out London, Mark Kermode said the film was "a disappointing, hollow rip-off. Jaws 5 is pretty good at being Jaws 3.5, a sharky, slightly more intelligent rip-off. [...] It has all the old sharking techniques and none of the new ideas. [...] This is Jaws 3.5 with sharks." However, he also noted, "There's something genuinely creepy about the shark, and it's one of the greatest monsters of cinema." Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, and described it as "the same as all of its predecessors: big, loud, slow-paced, with lots of effects." It earned the top spot at the box office during its opening weekend, earning over $6 million. It would hold the position for three weeks before being surpassed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
At the time of its release, it was reported that Spielberg and Lucas had approached Warner Bros. with a potential Jaws 4 sequel to the film. However, after the production of Jaws 3-D was halted, and after the studio did not release the planned film, an official sequel was not produced.
Jaws 5 was first released on VHS by Buena Vista Home Entertainment in August 1992. The film was released on laserdisc in 1992, and on DVD in 2001.
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