History was made at the U.S. box offcie this weekend as Disney’s Pixar scored it’s second best opening ever with Inside Out. But the 90 million debut was ironically only good enough for second place. That’s because last weekend’s champ, Jurassic World, remained on top while setting numerous records in it’s second frame.
After chomping the opening weekend record, the Jurassic Park sequel/reboot starring Chris Pratt posted an extremely solid second weekend drop of less than fifty percent. The 106.6 million it made in it’s sophomore frame was the biggest second weekend in history for a movie, topping previous record-holder The Avengers. Having already set the record for fastest movie to reach 400 million, Jurassic World now seems destined to top The Avengers final cume of 623 million at U.S. theaters. It could also pass Titanic (which including a 3d re-release in 2012 is at just under 659 million). Top worldwide champ, Avatar, stands tall with a 760 million domestic gross.
With overseas grossed folded in, Jurassic World has already blown past all expectations, exceeding more than a billion dollars worldwide. Look for the dinopic to top out with as much, if not more, than 1.7 billion when all is said and done.
Not to be lost in the all the headlines, the opening for Inside Out positions the movie to be one of Pixar’s highest performers ever. The studio is notorious for producing movies that enjoy a high multiple in terms of their final tally compared to opening weekend numbers. If the incredibly well reviewed movie continues that trend, expect a gross north of 300 million at the domestic box office.
Continuing to hang on in third place was 20th Century Fox’s Spy starring Melissa McCarthy. The comedy dropped a solid 28 percent for about 11.2 million and over 75 million total. The movie is all but certain to hit 100 million at the domestic box office. That’s better than McCarthy’s last outing, Tammy, which topped out at 84 million. It will come shy however of her previous collaboration with director Paul Feig, 2013’s The Heat managed 159 million. But that movie had the added star power of Sandra Bullock. McCarthy and Feig will look to lap that endeavor, and Bridesmaids’ 169 million; with their next team-up; the all female Ghostbusters reboot that is currently shooting.
Enjoying the most slim drop in the top ten this weekend was crowd-pleaser San Andreas. The disaster pic starring Dwayne Johnson clocked nearly 8 million, bringing its total to north of 132 million. 150 million or more appears to be in the bank now. Overseas the movie is also making a killing.
Rounding out the top five was new release Dope. Playing in over 2,000 theaters, the Open Road release only mustered a 6.1 million debut. Good reviews weren’t enough to open the movie. Will an A- cinemascore help it hold in the coming weeks?
Insidious Chapter 3 scared up another 4 million as it sailed past 45 million. The movie should be able to top 50 million. The question is whether it can match the 54 million total that James Wan’s original peaked at.
Pitch Perfect 2 was still cheering this weekend as it made another 3.5 million. At 177.6 million and counting, the movie is both one of the biggest hits of the summer and one of it’s most profitable films.
The same might not be said for Mad Max: Fury Road. Like most of the top ten, the George Miller film had a strong hold this weekend. At number eight, Max and Furiosa were able to pull in another 3 million to bring their total to nearly 144 million. But the incredibly expensive production (which was delayed and went through re-shoots) is running out of gas. Despite debuting with stellar reviews and rabid fanboy love, only to have to settle for runner up on opening weekend to Pitch Perfect 2, it has struggled to find the place at the box office that many hoped it would. Since then an onslaught of competition (or a just OKAY cinemascore, depending on who you talk to) has gotten in the way if it eventually making much more than 150 million. Overseas the movie has done okay, but has not overperformed to make up for it’s domestic shortcomings; and a China release seems unlikely at this juncture.
The film many people thought would be setting new benchmarks this summer, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, squeaked by with another 2.9 million this weekend. With a cume of nearly 450 million, it has now overtaken The Dark Knight Rises on the all time top ten U.S. charts. With nearly 1.4 billion worldwide, Marvel (and Disney) are surely not disappointed with the grosses.
The same cannot be said for Brad Bird’s expensive Tomorrowland starring George Clooney. With 2.2. million, the movie spent what will probably be it’s last weekend in the top ten. With less than 90 million thus far, and a lukewarm overseas response, Disney is already expecting a major write-off.
(Mystery Box Office Guy)