Weekend Box Office (June 19 - 21, 2015)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Following its record-breaking opening weekend, Universal's Jurassic World continued to set records in its second weekend destroying everything in its path. However, Pixar's latest creation Inside Out set a couple of records of its own this weekend, leading to one of the biggest box office weekends in history.
Dropping a slim 49% from its monster opening, the dino-adventure Jurassic World again ruled the box office this weekend taking in $106.6M, according to final studio figures, bringing its domestic cume to an astounding $402.8M after only 10 days. Along the way, World has set records for biggest 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 day grosses as well as becoming the fastest film to reach $250M, $300M, $350M and $400M.
Internationally, the Chris Pratt-led film took in another $160.5M bringing its total outside North America to $583.1M, making its worldwide total an eye-popping $986M. The top grossing country outside North America is China with $167.1M. The only major country left to open is Japan, which won't have the film until August 5th. At its current pace, Gitesh is predicting Jurassic World's final domestic gross will be in the $650M range and could break the James Cameron stranglehold on the top two positions of all-time by taking out Titanic.
Until this weekend, every single film in the Pixar arsenal has opened at number one. Normally, this would be something to talk about except for the fact that Inside Out just opened to $90.4M, making it the second highest opening weekend for a Pixar film behind only Toy Story 3's $110.3M in 2010. Second place never looked so good. Inside Out also has the distinction of having the highest opening weekend for an original story, that is, something not based on a previous property. The former record holder? Avatar with $77M back in 2009.
Internationally, Inside Out rolled out to $41M bringing its worldwide opening to $132M. With glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, Gitesh is predicting that Inside Out could very well end up in the $300M+ range domestically when all is said and done.
Yes, Virginia, there were other films playing in theaters this weekend. Third place belonged to the comedy hit Spy which kept rolling right along, falling a small 28% to $11.2M this weekend, bringing its total to $75.1M. In fourth was the disaster flick San Andreas which fell only 20% to $8.7M bringing its total to $132.7M. Rounding out the top five was another newcomer, the critically acclaimed Dope which opened in a rather wide 2,002 theaters and took in $6.1M for a per theater average of a disappointing $3,047. Perhaps a slower rollout was in order?
In sixth place was the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3 which grossed $4.1M bringing its total to $45.3M. In seventh was the mighty Bellas of Pitch Perfect 2 which brought in $3.5M bringing its impressive cume to $177.7M for Universal, which is having one heck of a year. Sticking right alongside it, as it has done for their entire six-week run was the tremendous action of Mad Max: Fury Road which took in another $3M this weekend bringing its total to $143.8M.
In eighth place is the current #1 film of 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron which took in $2.8M bringing its total to $449.4M. By the end of next weekend, the Indominus Rex will have taken a huge chomp out of the Avengers, and if you saw that coming, contact me because I'd like to pick your brain on the stock market. Rounding out the top ten was the disappointing Disney adventure Tomorrowland which made $2.2M bringing its cume up to $87.9M.
The top ten films grossed $238.7M which was up 76% from last year when Think Like a Man Too opened at number one with $29.2M; and up 4% from 2013 when Monsters University debuted in the top spot with $82.4M.
Compared to projections, Inside Out flew past Gitesh's $63M prediction, while Dope came in just about on target with his $7M projection.
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|#||Title||Jun 19 - 21||Jun 12 - 14||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Jurassic World||$ 106,588,440||$ 208,806,270||-49.0||4,291||2||$ 24,840||$ 402,800,095||Universal|
|4||San Andreas||8,706,339||10,812,387||-19.5||3,177||4||2,740||132,695,233||Warner Bros.|
|6||Insidious: Chapter 3||4,063,701||7,311,963||-44.4||2,553||3||1,592||45,322,149||Focus|
|7||Pitch Perfect 2||3,519,440||6,398,030||-45.0||2,146||6||1,640||177,683,820||Universal|
|8||Mad Max: Fury Road||3,033,049||4,065,967||-25.4||1,424||6||2,130||143,819,878||Warner Bros.|
|9||Avengers: Age of Ultron||2,847,404||3,675,057||-22.5||1,662||8||1,713||449,447,357||Disney|
|12||Love & Mercy||1,748,331||1,672,325||4.5||791||3||2,210||7,204,136||Roadside Attr.|
|13||I'll See You In My Dreams||685,101||809,391||-15.4||287||6||2,387||4,058,636||Bleecker St.|
|16||Me and Earl and the Dying Girl||364,039||196,496||85.3||68||2||5,354||657,451||Fox Searchlight|
|18||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||330,666||203,336||62.6||267||10||1,238||69,285,730||Sony|
|20||Far From the Madding Crowd||263,673||431,934||-39.0||256||8||1,030||11,282,558||Fox Searchlight|
|Top 5||$ 223,060,427||$ 248,942,336||-10.4|
|Top 20 vs. 2014||245,565,068||142,686,140||72.1|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: June 24, 2015 at 4:25PM ET
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