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'Jurassic' Retains #1, 'Inside Out' Joyful

by Keith Simanton
 

 
June 21, 2015

Jurassic World retained its #1 position at the weekend box office with a less-than-expected -51% decline for a $102M take. Inside Out outperformed even the most optimistic of estimates and banked $91M, making it Pixar's 2nd largest opening weekend, behind Toy Story 3, which made $110.3M in 2010.

What is startling about Inside Out's weekend is that it is the highest opening weekend ever for an original property (that is to say one that is not a sequel or a non-sourced work), passing Avatar, which made $77M on its December 18-20, 2009 bow. To be fair, however, James Cameron's sci-fi adventure, took in a higher per-screen average, $23,313 in 3,452 screens, on almost 500 fewer screens (Inside Out's PSA was $23,061 per, in 3,946 venues).

Internationally Inside Out made $41M (for a $132M worlwide cume) though it has a staggered overseas rollout, now showing in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, and Russia (among 24 other markets), representing just 42% of the global footprint.

And that globe continues to be dominated by Jurassic World. Add its overseas take of $583.1M to its estimated domestic take of $398.2M and the film sits with an estimated worldwide cume of $981.3M in worldwide grosses. Given that pace World will likely handily beat the record for fewest days to $1B worldwide, on its 11th or 12th, whereas the previous record holder, Universal's Furious 7, did so in 17 days in April. World has opened in all territories save Japan where Universal says it's now opening August 5th.

You also can't dismiss that domestic take either. World's $102M, off that -51% decline, is the second best second week in history, only behind Marvel's The Avengers which made $103.1M in its second week off of a -50.3% WOW decline. Avengers: Age of Ultron, in comparison, dropped -59.4% in its second week ($191.3M to $77.7M). Furious 7 dropped -59.5% (from $147.2M to $59.6M)

Spy added 383 screens and only declined -32.8% for third place and a $10.4M take.

San Andreas dropped -358 screens and ended up in fourth with $8.2M.

The #5 spot on the chart finds Dope, the well-reviewed Sundance hit that Open Road Films acquired for $7M. It opened with $6M in 2,002 venues. That $3K PSA might be slightly under what Open Road hoped for but the film is likely to have legs on reported strong word-of-mouth.

Meanwhile the film that took both the Grand Jury and the Audience prize at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, continues to struggle. In its second week the Fox Searchlight film made $352K in 68 theaters (it added 53 this week) for a reasonably healthy $5,172K PSA. That's the third best in the top 20, after Inside Out and World, so it's clearly doing something right. Its cume though, $645K, seems to indicate it's not getting embraced in the way that this film will need to to break out of the indie pack.

The Overnight, also out of Sundance, earned $61.5K on 3 screens in NY and L.A. for a $20.5K per screen average, the best of any indie film in the market. That market is strewn with other titles (Manglehorn, Eden, Infinitely Polar Bear) that had similarly small releases that didn't perform nearly as well so it is worth noting.

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