Universal and Legendary Pictures’ ‘Jurassic World’ ends Pixar's number-one opening winning streak, but ‘Inside Out’ exceeds expectations to score the top debut of all time for an original Pixar title.
Inside Out may be the first Pixar film not to debut at number one, but its strong $91.1-million domestic launch still ranks as the second-highest opening weekend in the studio’s history, and the top debut of all time for an original Pixar title. The Pete Docter-directed film blew past early tracking expectations of $60 million this past weekend and ended up finishing a close second to Universal’s Jurassic World. Internationally, Inside Out opened to $41 million from 37 markets for a global launch of $132.1 million.
Strong reviews propelled Inside Out, about an 11-year-old Midwestern girl named Riley who is steered through a life-changing move to San Francisco by the emotions in her head: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Only Toy Story 3, with a $110.3-million debut weekend in 2010, has opened bigger for Disney-owned Pixar.
Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, took in $102 million from 4,291 theaters in its second weekend, pushing the film’s domestic total to a massive $398 million. Overseas, Jurassic World continued to crush everything in its path, grossing another $160.5 million from 66 markets and pushing its foreign title to $583.1 million for a worldwide cumulative gross income of $981.3 million, including $161.7 million in China. The tentpole, already the first film to cross $500 million in a single weekend, will be the fastest in history to hit $1 billion.
Fox’s action comedy Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, finished in third place, adding $10.5 million in its third weekend for a new domestic total of $74.4 million. Overseas, the Paul Feig-directed comedy has earned $96 million for a global total to date of $170.4 million.
Warner Bros. disaster film San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, came in at number four, adding $8.2 million for a total domestic haul of $132.2 million. Overseas, San Andreas made $18.8 million from 68 international markets this past weekend, raising its overseas cume to $282 million for a worldwide total of $414.2 million.
The new coming-of-age story Dope rounded out the top five with a $6 million debut. Open Road Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide acquired the film at the Sundance Film Festival for $7 million. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope was made with help from producers Forest Whitaker and Nina Bongiovi, as well as executive producer Pharrell Williams and co-executive producer Sean Combs. It follows nerdy high school seniors Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) after they accidentally cross paths with neighborhood drug dealer Dom (rapper ASAP Rocky).
Focus Features’ horror film Insidious: Chapter 3 made $4.1 million over its third weekend at the North American box office for a sixth place finish, pushing its domestic take to $45.3 million. Overseas, Insidious 3 grossed $3.0 million from 53 territories, lifting its international cume to $32.2 million for a total of $77.6 million worldwide.
Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, now in its sixth week in theaters, came in seventh place with $3.2 million for a new domestic total of $177.4 million. Overseas the musical sequel has made a total of $94.5 million for a total of $272 million worldwide.
Mad Max: Fury Road, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, came in eighth place for the weekend, bringing in $2.8 million for a new domestic total of $143.6 million. Overseas, George Miller’s universally acclaimed post-apocalyptic action movie brought in an additional $4.9 million for a new international total of $202.5 million and worldwide tally of $346.1 million.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron came in ninth with $2.7 million for a new domestic total of $449.3 million. Now in its eighth week at the box office, the Disney film has made a total of $918.4 million overseas for a total haul of $1.4 billion globally.
Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland rounded up the top ten in its fifth weekend out, taking in $2 million for a new domestic total of $87.6 million. The big-budget fantasy adventure, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson and costing Disney $180 million to produce, has made a total of $108.3 million overseas for a total of $ $196 million worldwide.
Elsewhere, Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Minions has begun rolling out at the foreign box office, grossing a strong $12.1 million from just four markets. The spin-off opens in North America on July 10.
Box office numbers were obtained at pro.boxoffice.com.