Can Jurassic World continue its record-breaking rampage and score the second biggest weekend of all time in North America?
To do so, Universal’s tentpole would have to stomp past the $103.1 million grossed by The Avengers in its sophomore session. So far, Jurassic World is outpacing Avengers, but the former faced little competition in its second weekend, while Jurassic World no doubt will lose a chunk of the family audience to Pixar’s Inside Out, which begins rolling out Thursday night before playing everywhere Friday.
For Jurassic World, that could mean the difference between earning $103 million or more or coming in between $95 million and $100 million. Either way, Jurassic World is widely expected to beat Inside Out and retain the No. 1 crown. Inside Out — sporting an unheard of 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — is tracking to clear $60 million-plus, in line with other original Pixar titles, though it surely would have opened to more were Jurassic World not in its way.
Jurassic World is a force of nature no one expected, scoring the biggest global debut of all time last weekend with $524.4 million, including a record-breaking $208.8 million (Avengers opened to $207.4 million). And it continues to do record-breaking midweek business, becoming the fastest film to hit $250 million domestically, a feat it accomplished in five days. Through Wednesday, the movie’s domestic total is $278.3 million, while it has crossed $400 million internationally for a worldwide total of $690.3 million.
And even if it doesn’t beat Avengers‘ second-week haul, it is destined to sport the second biggest sophomore weekend of all time by a mile. Here’s the current record-holders for best second outing (including a few surprises), according to Rentrak.
The Avengers — $103 million (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2013) — $77.7 million
Avatar (2009) — $75.6 million
The Dark Knight (2008) — $75.2 million
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) — $74.2 million
Iron Man 3 (2013) — $72.5 million
Shrek 2 (2004) — $72.2 million
Spider-Man (2002) — $71.4 million
American Sniper (2014) — $64.6 million.
Alice in Wonderland (2010) — $62.7 million