Box-Office Preview: 'Jurassic World' Set to Devour Pixar's No. 1-Opening Record

Inside Out Still 1 - H 2015
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Inside Out Still 1 - H 2015

Pixar's critically acclaimed 'Inside Out' is still expected to be a big film, and don't forget that Disney's 'Frozen' didn't come in at No. 1 either in its nationwide launch.

Jurassic World is a force of nature not even storied Pixar can stop.

Pixar returns to the big screen for the first time in two years this weekend with Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen's critically acclaimed Inside Out. The animated film — currently sporting a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — is tracking to earn $60 million or more in its domestic debut, in line with other Pixar original titles.

However, that won't be enough to beat Universal holdover Jurassic Park unless there is a huge upset, meaning Inside Out will be the first Pixar title to not place No. 1 in its North American debut (the company, now owned by Disney, has released 14 films prior to Inside Out).

Jurassic World, stomping to a record-busting $208.8 million domestic opening last weekend, could earn at least $90 million-$100 million in its second outing. In other words, it's off to the biggest start in history, something no one expected, and is impacting everything in the marketplace.

To be sure, no previous Pixar movie has faced such fierce competition. Sequel Monsters University arguably faced the biggest challenge in opening opposite World War Z in June 2013. Monsters 2 launched to $82.4 million, while World War Z took in $66.1 million. 

Coming in No. 1 doesn't mean everything, particularly considering animated films can have especially strong legs. On the Disney Animation Studios side, Frozen didn't debut at No. 1 in its nationwide rollout in November 2013, yet became the most successful animated film of all time with $1.27 billion globally.

Based on Docter's original idea, Inside Out tells the story of a girl and her five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — who try to guide her through tough times when her family moves to San Francisco. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling.

The other new movie making a nationwide play this weekend is filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa's coming-of-age story Dope, which Open Road Films acquired out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is taking out in more than 2,000 locations. It is one of the few Sundance titles to get such a wide release at the outset, versus a platform release, and is pacing to gross a respectable $7 million-$8 million in its debut.

At the specialty box office, producer Bill Pohlad's directorial debut, Love & Mercy, all but expands nationwide as it moves into more than 800 theaters after a strong start over the past two weekends. The Brian Wilson biopic has grossed nearly $5 million to date from select theaters for Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.