Box Office: 'Inside Out' Hits Record $90.4M; 'Jurassic World' No. 1 With $106.6M
'Jurassic World' may have ended Pixar's No. 1 opening winning streak, but 'Inside Out' raced past all expectations to score the top debut of all time for an original Pixar title.
Moviegoing once again prospered in North America this weekend, thanks to the one-two punch of Inside Out and Jurassic World, with domestic box office revenue up more than 66 percent over Father's Day weekend in 2014.
Many expected Pixar's Inside Out to top out at $65 million, considering the T. Rex-like might of Universal's Jurassic World. But the race was much closer than expected as Inside Out raced to $90.4 million from 3,946 theaters — the best opening for an original Pixar title and the second best of any Pixar film behind Toy Story 3, which launched to $110.3 million and had the benefit of being part of a beloved franchise. (Sunday estimates showed the film earning $92 million, but it came in slightly lower).
Inside Out also claims ownership to the top opening for any original movie, live-action or otherwise, that isn't based on sourced material, eclipsing the $77 million debut of Avatar. This feat is thanks to plenty of interest from both families (71 percent) and adults (21 percent). Teens made up the rest of ticket buyers (8 percent).
Still, that wasn't enough to overtake Jurassic World, which roared to a record-breaking $106.6 million in its second weekend from 4,291 theaters, declining a narrow 51 percent and eclipsing The Avengers ($103 million) to score the top sophomore gross of all time (Sunday's estimate had Jurassic World earning $102 million for the weekend, but strong Father's Day traffic drove the number upwards). In first 10 days, Jurassic World has earned a massive $402.8 million domestically.
Overseas, Jurassic World also continues to crush everything in its path, taking in $584.4 million through Sunday for a global total of $987.2 million. On Monday, the tentople will stomp past $1 billion globally, reaching the milestone more quickly than any film in history.
Inside Out opened to $41 million internationally from 37 markets, for a global launch of $131.4 million.
The critically acclaimed movie is the first Pixar title not to place No. 1 in its domestic debut, a winning streak often referenced by Pixar. But Inside Out's massive opening is sure to help soothe any sore feelings; to boot, animated tentpoles enjoy especially strong legs.
From directors Pete Docter (Up) and Ronnie Del Carmen, Inside Out returns Pixar to the big screen for the first time in two years and earned an A CinemaScore. The unique coming-of-age tale features the voices of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith and centers on five emotions — Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger — that try to protect a young girl when she is upset by her family's move to San Francisco.
"John Lasseter has said that quality is the best business plan, and the cornerstone of every Pixar release. Quality in this case translated into Inside Out becoming the biggest original opening in the history of the movie business by a stretch. It's so relatable with its characters, so sophisticated, drawing in both adults and families. We knew we had something extraordinary when 9 p.m. shows were selling out," said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis.
While Jurassic World is doing big business in 3D houses, Inside Out saw only 28 percent of its revenue come from 3D, a muted showing. Inside Out also skewed female (56 percent).
In terms of previous Pixar openings, Toy Story 3 ranks No. 1, followed by sequel Monsters University ($82.4 million). Among original titles, The Incredibles was the previous best with $70.4 million, followed by Finding Nemo ($70.3 million) and Up ($68.1 million).
The weekend's other new entry was Dope, Rick Famuyiwa's coming-of-age story that made waves at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The movie opened to a so-so $6 million from 2,002 theaters. Open Road Films opted for a nationwide opening, versus a platform release.
Dope came in No. 5 behind holdovers Spy and San Andreas, respectively. From Fox and director Paul Feig, Spy took in $10.5 million for a domestic total of $74.4 million. Overseas, the Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned $96 million for a global total to date of $170.4 million.
San Andreas celebrated crossing the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, including a seismic-like $282 million internationally.
And Inside Out wasn't the only animated film making noise overseas. Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Minions has begun rolling out at the foreign box office, grossing a strong $12.1 million from four markets. The spin-off opens in North America on July 10.
At the U.S. specialty box office, there were several new high-profile offerings, including The Orchard's The Overnight, the best showing of any film outside of Inside Out and Jurassic World. The Adam Scott-Taylor Schilling comedy collected $61,523 from three screens for a $20,507 per-screen average.
Sony Pictures Classics' Infinitely Polar Bear finally hit theaters after debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Maya Forbes' dramedy, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, grossed $47,398 from five locations for a location average of $9,480.
Mia Hansen-Love's French electronic music drama Edenalso debuted in select theaters, grossing $20,313 from three cinemas for a location average of $6,721 for Broad Green Pictures. It is Broad Green's first release.
Among specialty holdovers, Bill Pohlad's Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy grew its domestic total to a hearty $7.1 million for Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.
And, expanding into a total of 68 theaters in its second weekend, Fox Searchlight's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl grossed $351,000 for a theater average of $5,172 and cumulative of $650,000.
2 p.m., June 22: Updated with final weekend numbers.
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