Weekend Box Office: “Jurassic World” Takes a Bite Out of $500M Record

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Unstoppable “Jurassic World” Stomps Over “Ted” Sequel

by Matt Marshall

Even with foul-mouthed teddy bears and emotions running rampid, Jurassic World is still the king of the box office. The fourth installment reigned on top for a third straight weekend with an estimated $54.2 million. Jurassic World broke the $450 and $500 million records over the weekend.

Inside Out enjoyed a second weekend in second place. Pulling in $52.1 million in its sophomore frame, the critically acclaimed Pixar film is up to nearly $185 million in 10 days. Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy teddy bear sequel fell short of expectations this weekend. Ted 2 opened third to $33 million, 40% shy of the 2012 original.

Family adventure Max debuted in fourth place with $12.2 million. Melissa McCarthy’s rauchy comedy, Spy rounds out the charts with $7.8 million.

#1 – Jurassic World (1)
$54.2 million / $500.1 million total

On Friday, Jurassic World became the highest-grossing movie of 2015, topping the short reign of Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the dino behemoth missed the 3rd weekend record (Avatar $68.5 million), Jurassic World crossed the $450 and 500 million milestones in record time (15 and 17 days respectively). Even with Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys set for a one-two punch this holiday weekend, Jurassic World remains on target for $550 million no later than Sunday. The $600 million record could fall in record time before Ant-Man hits theaters July 17th.

#2 – Inside Out (2)
$52.1 million / $184.9 million total

Despite topping Jurassic World on Friday ($15 million to $14.7 million), Pixar’s latest trip inside the mind settled for a close second place finish. Dropping 42% from last weekend, Inside Out pulled in the studio’s best sophomore drop since 2009’s Up (-35.2%). At just over $52 million, Inside Out claims the 4th biggest 2nd weekend for animation film behind Shrek 2 ($72.2 million), Toy Story 3 ($59.3 million) and Shrek the Third ($53.0 million). Another $300 million hit is still possible for Pixar. Inside Out has to perform slightly better than Monsters University from here on out and not lose too much of its audience to Minions on July 10th.

#3 – Ted 2 (NR)
$33.0 million / $33.0 million total

Ted’s $54 million opening shocked audiences and box office pundits back in 2012. This time around, it’s more of a disappointment. What was expected to be a tight three-way race between Jurassic World, Inside Out and Ted 2, turned out to be more of a repeat of last weekend. Down nearly 40% from the first film, Ted 2’s debut isn’t as alarming as Horrible Bosses 2 (46% drop from first film’s opening). Still, Ted 2 has plenty of ground to make up to just squeak past the century mark. Magic Mike XXL’s debut on Wednesday will put wrench in a potential steady run.

#4 – Max (NR)
$12.2 million / $12.2 million total

Family audiences stayed in the Pixar camp a second weekend, as Max opened fourth this weekend. With mixed reviews and a low theater count around 2,900, Max wasn’t expected to perform much better than $10-15 million. Except for Inside Out and Minions (July 10th), Max doesn’t have many other family films to contend with the next few weeks. A run towards $30 million is possible.

#5 – Spy (5)
$7.8 million / $88.4 million total

Ted 2 did little impact on the raunchy Melissa McCarthy comedy. In its fourth frame, Spy dipped 30.5% from last weekend, bringing its total to just over $88 million. With a few more weekends of small drops, Spy is on its way to the century mark. Anything more than $110 milion should be ruled out at this point.

Ted 2 fell short of my $52 million prediction, while Max opened a few notches higher than expected.  

Opening Next Week: Terminator Genisys (Wednesday), Magic Mike XXL (Wednesday)

Source: Box Office Mojo

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