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Inside Out, Pixar’s animated dive into the mind of an 11-year-old girl, earned a strong $3.7 million Thursday while Dope, the Sundance hit about a geek growing up in a tough neighborhood, earned $425,000 in Thursday night previews.
Inside Out, Pixar’s first film on the big screen in two years, earned the highest Thursday night take for a Pixar or Disney Animation film ever. By comparison, Monsters University took in $2.6 million while Big Hero 6 earned $1.4 million.
Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen‘s well-reviewed film, which centers on the five emotions that run an 11-year-old’s mind, is tracking to earn $60 million or more in its domestic debut, in line with other Pixar original titles. It features the voices of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith.
Dope is Rick Famuyiwa‘s coming-of-age story that Open Road Films acquired at the fest. It is one of the few Sundance titles to get such a wide release (in 2,002 U.S. theaters) at the outset, versus a platform release, and is pacing to gross a respectable $7 million to $8 million in its debut.
Both new offerings this weekend will stand in the shadow of Jurassic World, which earned a record-busting $208.8 million domestic opening last weekend, and is expected to take in at least $90 million to $100 million in its second outing.
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