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Weekend Box Office: Jurassic World Not Turned Inside Out

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By Chris Kavan - 06/21/15 at 08:31 PM CT

The mighty roar continued for Jurassic World, as it retained the number one position at the box office ahead of Pixar's latest film. But the animation giant shouldn't be too sad, angry or disgusted - in fact, it had a rather joyful opening on their own and should have no problems in the weeks ahead. The coming-of-age comedy Dope managed to break into the top five as well, and, against such huge films, that's a solid result on its own. Combined, this weekend was another huge gain over last year - up 65% and the second-best weekend of the year (behind last weekend, of course) at $240 million. It's looking very good for the box office to keep up this fantastic pace.


Dinosaurs continued to dominate the box office (along with some "humans" too - thanks Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard for all your help). The film dipped a lighter-than-expected 51.1% for an impressive $102 million take. That is just behind The Avengers (at $103.1 million) for the best second week and maybe if it plays out like last weekend (and numbers shift up) it could even pass it. As it stands, Jurassic World had a better hold than Age of Ultron (which dipped 59.4%) and Furious 7 (down 59.5%) and currently holds the title for getting to $250 and $300 million the fastest and should also be able to take fastest to $400 million in the next day (current total is at $398.2 million). Worldwide, the film has earned a staggering $981.3M and will be the fastest film to hit $1 billion on a global scale likely within a day or two as well. It will shortly become the highest-grossing film of 2015, as it should pass Age of Ultron (Currently standing at $451.04 million) by next week - two weeks at the most. All in all, this has been a huge success for Universal.


Yes, it is true, Inside Out is the first Pixar film not to open in first place - but the consolation prize is pretty impressive on its own. The $91 million opening is the second-highest opening for Pixar (behind Toy Story 3 at $110.3 million) and the fourth-highest animated opening of all time (also behind Shrek the Third's $122m and Shrek 2 at $108m. The $91 million also represents the highest second-place opening of all time (finally topping The Day After Tomorrow, which seemed to hold a pretty insurmountable lead with $64 million - but that mark was handily obliterated). Finally, it also represents the best opening for an original film not based on an existing property (that is not a sequel or based on a book or such) topping Avatar's $77 million debut (no work yet on if the creator of Herman's Head will argue about the "original film" part). As it stands, this supremely well-reviewed film found a great audience, it just so happened to open behind a titanic summer film. If the film performs in line with previous Pixar movies like Wall-E or Brave, it will most likely wind up at around the $325 million mark. It could wind up even higher - but the biggest test will be to see how it stacks up against Minions (which hits theaters July 10). Anyway to look at it, Inside Out didn't have to top the box office to be a hit.

3) SPY

The Melissa McCarthy spy comedy actually added a handful of theaters (383 to be exact) and held respectfully, down just 32.8% compared to last weekend. It added another $10.5 million and landed just under the $75 million mark with a new total of $74.3 million. Spy is likely going to run its course within the next few weeks, topping out at under $100 million.


The disaster pic had the best hold out of any film in the top ten, dropping a minor 23.8% and continuing a nice run for Dwayne Johnson. The $8.2 million the film brought in propelled the movie across the $125 million mark with San Andreas now sitting nice at $132.2 million. It still had a shot at reaching that $150 million mark - but it's going to take some good effort to reach it.


Billed as the hip-hop coming-of-age drama - and having a good run Sundance, Dope (acquired by Open Road Films for $7 million) managed to crack the top five with a $6 million opening. Its per theater average wasn't that great (just $3,006 per theater) but it sounds like word-of-mouth could bode well for the future of the film. In any case, Open Road Films will certainly earn back its money, as Dope continues to find an encouraging audience.

Outside the top five: Avengers: Age of Ultron crossed the $450 million mark by taking in $2.7 million (8th place) for the above-mentioned total of $451.04 million. That, for now, still makes it the top-grossing film of the year, though that title is likely to slip away fairly soon.

Another film hitting a milestone was Pitch Perfect 2, which crossed $175 million with its $3.3 million weekend (7th place) for a grand total of $177.5 million.

Next week brings us the raunchy comedy, Ted 2 and the inspirational Max. It's likely Jurassic World and Inside Out will continue to dominate, though we'll see if Seth MacFarlane's second outing with the foul-mouthed bear can approach the success of the original.


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