Following its record-breaking opening weekend, Universal’s Jurassic World continued to set records in its second weekend destroying everything in its path. However, Pixar’s latest creation Inside Out set a couple of records of its own this weekend, leading to one of the biggest box office weekends in history.
Dropping a slim 51 percent from its monster opening, the dino-adventure Jurassic World again ruled the box office this weekend taking in an estimated $102M bringing its domestic cume to an astounding $398.2M after only 10 days. Along the way, World has set records for biggest three-, four-, five-, six-, seven-, eight-, nine-, and 10-day grosses as well as becoming the fastest film to reach $250M, $300M and $350M with the $400M record on the cusp of being taken down as well. Internationally, the Chris Pratt-led film took in another $160.5M bringing its total outside North America to $583.1M, making its worldwide total an eye-popping $981.3M. The top grossing country outside North America is China with $167.1M. The only major country left to open is Japan, which won’t have the film until August 5th. At its current pace, Gitesh is predicting Jurassic World‘s final domestic gross will be in the $650M range and could break the James Cameron stranglehold on the top two positions of all-time by taking out Titanic.
Until this weekend, every single film in the Pixar arsenal has opened at number one. Normally, this would be something to talk about except for the fact that Inside Out just opened to an estimated $91M, making it the second highest opened weekend for a Pixar film behind only Toy Story 3‘s $110M in 2010. Second place never looked so good. Inside Out also has the distinction of having the highest opening weekend for an original story, that is, something not based on a previous property. The former record holder? Avatar with $77M back in 2009. Internationally, Inside Out rolled out to $41M bringing its worldwide opening to $132M. With glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, Gitesh is predicting that Inside Out could very well end up in the $300M range domestically when all is said and done.
Yes, Virginia, there were other films playing in theaters this weekend. Third place belonged to the comedy hit Spy which kept rolling right along, falling a small 33 percent to an estimated $10.5M this weekend, bringing its total to $74M. In fourth was the disaster flick San Andreas which fell only 24 percent to an estimated $8.2M bringing its total to $132M. Rounding out the top five was another newcomer, the critically acclaimed Dope which opened in a rather wide 2,002 theaters and took in an estimated $6M for a per screen average of a disappointing $3,006. Perhaps a slower rollout was in order?
In sixth place was the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3 which grossed $4.1M, according to estimates, bringing its total to $45M. In seventh was the mighty Bellas of Pitch Perfect 2 which brought in an estimated $3.3M bringing its impressive cume to $177.5M for Universal, which is having one heck of a year. Sticking right alongside it, as it has done for their entire six-week run was the tremendous action of Mad Max: Fury Road which took in another $2.8M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total to $143.6M. In eighth place is the current #1 film of 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron which took in an estimated $2.7M bringing its total to $449M. By the end of next weekend, the Indominus rex will have taken a huge chomp out of the Avengers, and if you saw that coming, contact me because I’d like to pick your brain on the stock market. Rounding out the top ten was the disappointing Disney adventure Tomorrowland which made an estimated $2M bringing its cume up to $87.6M.
The top ten films grossed $217.8M (currently the 9th biggest weekend ever), which is up 71.4 percent from last year when Think Like a Man Too opened at number one with $29.2M; and up 1.8 percent from 2013 when Monsters University debuted in the top spot with $82.4M.