Weekend Box Office: Dinos and Emotions Feast on Ted

Jurassic World Review

People can’t seem to get enough of Jurassic World as the Universal phenomenon stayed at number one for the third straight week at the North American box office. The movie held off a strong second weekend session for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and a solid opening for Ted 2, which landed in third place.

Jurassic World became only the fifth film ever to cross the half billion-dollar mark in North America alone this weekend thanks to a $54.5 million haul from 4,198 screens. Off 49%, the film has earned $500.3 million to date and is still on target to finish past $625 million if not more. That would push the dino sequel past The Avengers on the all-time domestic list and land it right behind Titanic and Avatar.

Foreign numbers currently stand at $737 million and will undoubtedly get a huge boost when the movie hits Japan in early August. When all is said and done, the film should come very close to hitting $1.6 billion in global sales, once again putting it right behind the two James Cameron films in terms of earnings. That would also give Universal two 2015 releases to cross $1.5 billion, the other being Furious 7.

Thanks to stellar word-of-mouth Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out had a great sophomore session on 4,132 screens. The animated blockbuster eased 42% in its second session to earn $52.3 million. After ten days, Inside Out has cleared $185 million. Even with direct competition on the horizon in the form of Minions, Inside Out should have no issue earning $340 million by the end of the summer. Foreign totals currently stand at $81.5 million.

In third place was Universal’s Ted 2 with $33.5 million from 3,442 screens. While the opening numbers are on the strong side of recent debuts for R-rated comedies, it was significantly lower than the $54 million the first Ted grossed in its 2012 debut. Reviews were largely negative for the $85 million follow up from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. While Ted 2 should be able to cross the $100 million mark and possibly more than that overseas, its final numbers will most likely be 50-55% lower than the original.

In fourth place was Warner’s family drama Max with $12.1 million from 2,855 screens. The $20 million co-production with MGM was met with negative reviews from the critics. Max should eventually be able to turn a tidy profit thanks to its low cost and future home video sales.

Rounding out the top five is the Fox action comedy Spy with $7.9 million from 3,194 theaters. Off 30%, the Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned $88.4 million so far in North America and $106 million overseas. Spy has shown decent legs over the month of June in a pattern similar to McCarthy’s 2013 comedy The Heat. While Spy won’t match The Heat’s $162 million gross it should be able to work its way to $105-110 million mark.

The remainder of the top ten:

  1.  San Andreas (Warner) $5.4 million (-38%); $142 million
  1.  Dope (Open Road) $2.78 million (-54%); $11.6 million
  1.  Insidious Chapter 3 (Focus Features) $2 million (-51%); $49.7 million
  1.  Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner) $1.76 million (-42%); $147 million
  1.  Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney/Marvel) $1.68 million (-41%); $452.4 million

For the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend (Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!), Paramount unleashes Terminator: Genisys while Warner will debut Magic Mike XXL. Both films debut Tuesday night and should help make the July 4th weekend a spectacular one at the multiplexes. Will either of the new features be able to push Jurassic World or Inside Out down a few pegs in the box office standings?

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