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NORTH AMERICA: 'Jurassic World' Passes 'E.T.' at #10 All-Time on Wednesday; 'Inside Out' Tops $123M In Six Days on June 25, 2015

june19wknd.pngUniversal reports that Jurassic World held onto first place again on Wednesday with $9.44 million, down 52.5 percent from the same day last week. The mega blockbuster's 13-day domestic haul is now a whopping $436.94 million, putting it more than 10 percent ahead of the pace of Marvel's The Avengers. That current tally also moves World into tenth place all-time domestically, overtaking E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial's $435.1 million haul (including re-releases).

Pixar's Inside Out was just a hair away from first place yesterday, taking in $9.375 million. The film's six-day domestic tally is an excellent $123.34 million, putting it 42 percent ahead of the pace 2009's Up and 20 percent behind the pace of Toy Story 3.

In third place, Spy added $1.295 million for a soft 28 percent week-to-week decline. The comedy's domestic total now stands at $79.34 million.

San Andreas claimed fourth with $0.91 million, down just 22 percent from last Wednesday. Its total is now $135.77 million.

Filling out the top five, Dope took in $0.64 million to give it a six-day cume of $8.38 million. The well-reviewed flick is pacing 16 percent ahead of last year's Beyond the Lights.

 

The Walt Disney Studios Crosses $1 Billion Domestic in Record Time on June 25, 2015

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"On the heels of the biggest opening ever for an original movie by Disney•Pixar's Inside Out ($90.4M), The Walt Disney Studios has crossed the $1B mark at the domestic box office in studio record time of 174 days, beating the 188-day previous record set on July 8, 2012 by two full weeks. This is the 10th consecutive year, and the 19th year overall, that the studio has surpassed this threshold.

Disney's 2015 domestic box office has been driven by Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella, Tomorrowland, and most recently Inside Out. The studio will next release Marvel's Ant-Man on July 17.

"From reimagined classics to massive superhero adventures to original emotional stories, all of our brands have delivered top-notch storytelling this year," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President of Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "We're pleased that audiences across the country have embraced our films, and are seeing them the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen."

Disney is expected to achieve new international and global speed records in the coming weeks."

Fandango: 'Ted 2' Outselling Predecessor; June 2015 On Pace to Become Biggest Ticket Sales Month in Company's History on June 25, 2015

ted2longrange.pngLOS ANGELES - June 25, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Jurassic World," "Ted 2" (in its opening weekend) and "Inside Out" are all battling for the top position on this week's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, with the three films ranking 90, 89 and 88 points out of 100 points, respectively.

The highly-anticipated sequel, "Ted 2," is currently outselling the first "Ted" at the same point in that movie's sales cycle on Fandango, representing Fandango's top-selling R-rated comedy of the year thus far. At the same time, "Jurassic" is positioned for a monstrous third weekend, while "Inside Out" is poised for Pixar's best-selling second weekend on Fandango.

Due to the spectacular ticket sales for all three films on Fandango, June 2015 is pacing to be biggest ticket sales month in the company's 15-year history, set to eclipse Fandango's previous best-selling month, November 2013 (when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Frozen," "Thor: The Dark World," and "The Best Man Holiday" were released).

"This weekend, film fans will be flocking to cinemas to see at least three blockbusters, appealing to a wide array of moviegoers," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "With ‘Jurassic World,' ‘Ted 2' and ‘Inside Out,' there's a chance we may have an historic weekend."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Ted 2" moviegoers on Fandango:
* 93% are in the mood to see an outrageous R-rated comedy;
* 90% are Mark Wahlberg fans;
* 89% are looking forward to Tom Brady's cameo;
* 86% are Seth McFarlane fans;
* 75% saw the original "Ted" on the big screen;
* 61% had a favorite teddy bear when they were kids.

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger interviews "Ted 2" star Mark Wahlberg, who reveals he has a "Ted" doll in his house. "There is a sophisticated R-rated ‘Ted' at home," Wahlberg admits to Karger. "But he's locked up! If my kids get a hold of it, I'm done - they will definitely repeat everything that thing has to say!" The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0465

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

NORTH AMERICA: 'Jurassic World' Leads Extremely Close Daily Race on Tuesday with $13.13M; 'Inside Out' Takes Second with a Strong $13.04M on June 24, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Jurassic World held off Inside Out in a very close race on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary took in $13.13 million on Tuesday, which topped Inside Out by a very slim $91,652 for the day. Jurassic World has led the daily box office for eleven of the past twelve days. The film was up 13.5 percent over Monday and down a solid 46 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Jurassic World stands at a massive $427.50 million. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation that already ranks the film as the 11th highest grossing film of all-time domestically. And by the end of today Jurassic World is set to move into tenth place on the all-time list. Jurassic World is currently running $38.03 million and 10 percent ahead of the $389.47 million twelve-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Inside Out placed in an extremely close second with $13.04 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar increased a healthy 24 percent over Monday's performance. Inside Out has grossed a much stronger than expected $113.96 million in five days of release. Compared to previous blockbusters from Pixar, Inside Out is running an impressive 8 percent ahead of the $105.30 million five-day start of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $141.04 million five-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Fox's Spy held steady in third place with $1.69 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up an impressive 35 percent over Monday and down only 20 percent from last Tuesday. Spy continues to stabilize as of late thanks in part to strong word of mouth and strengthening summer midweek business. The film has grossed a respectable $78.05 million in 19 days.

Warner's San Andreas took in $1.20 million to remain in fourth. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was up 26 percent over Monday and down a very slim 15 percent from last Tuesday. San Andreas continues to significantly exceed pre-release expectations with a 26-day take of $134.86 million.

Open Road's Dope rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.851 million. The critically acclaimed Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama was up 8 percent over Monday. That represented the day's softest daily percentage increase among wide releases. Dope has grossed $7.74 million in five days. That is slightly below expectations and places the film 11 percent ahead of the $6.95 million five-day start of last year's Beyond the Lights.

BoxOffice Interview: 'Ted 2' Producer Jason Clark on June 24, 2015

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Interview by Daniel Loria

You've worked with Seth MacFarlane long enough to be able to consider both of you frequent collaborators. How did your working relationship start with the first Ted film?

This will be our third film and we've also worked on a television series together. I'd been pitched the original Ted a couple of years before it was made. [Seth McFarlane] had a very clear vision of how he saw the teddy bear; he wanted the movements to resemble the physical movements of a person as opposed to the type of Pixar style animation. It was difficult to figure out how to create that concept in an R-rated comedy because these movies aren't really the most expensive movies to make. As a producer, I read every draft of the screenplay, and my lasting impression with Ted was laughing out loud even after reading the same joke for the tenth time. I connected in a very big way with the
humor and I'm a huge fan of Family Guy, so it was truly an honor to work with Seth.

The two of you have also worked together for television.

My collaboration with Seth grew from that experience and we made A Million Ways to Die in the West and now Ted 2. Along the way, I was introduced to Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow, and exposed to the chance of rebooting Cosmos on TV. I have a son who studies physics in college and I've always been a bit of a science geek, but to be exposed at that level...I jumped in with both feet and Seth had our back all along the way. I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with him in these three films and television series.

What was the hardest part of getting the first Ted film off the ground?

unnamed-2.jpgOur challenge was to create Ted within our budget and our schedule while still allowing for the opportunity of improvisational acting between the CGI character and the actors. We came up with a way where Seth could record his dialogue in the exact same environment while directing the movie, eye-line pulls and reference materials that were easy to capture and didn't slow down the production team or the actors and a way where Seth could wear the motion capture system without requiring a volume to surround him in. The result was that we were able to capture his subtle performance reactions, the physicality to the lines, and it made the humor come to life because it was captured at the moment with the other actors reacting. I think it was a big plus in creating the kind of vitality and energy required by comedy. We found a couple of great animation houses, a bit off-the-beaten-path. We had to match the CGI with the teddy bear we'd designed, so these two separate animation houses in two different continents helped us bring that to life.

Ted ended up being a tremendous box office hit, including more than $330 million overseas. What was that experience like and what do you think contributed to the film's global success?

It was nothing short of thrilling. If you read a script ten times and you're still laughing out loud, you hope you're not just dumb or crazy - a lot of people embraced. I think it's a testament to the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Seth's performance as Ted, the writing, the idea of taking a Pixar movie -what if your teddy bear came to life?- and flipping it on its head twenty years later. When we set out to do it, our concept was to create a world in which everything feels familiar. People react to Ted in the same way people react to The Muppets, they don't go "Oh my god, there's a talking frog!" -it's just a guy. I produced the two Stuart Little movies and have been involved in CGI character creation before and have been on the pioneering end of these type of movie ideas, as was the case with Monster House as well. The chance to apply that experience to an R-rated comedy, which is something I gravitate towards, at a price point that made the movie go, was a huge opportunity. Then to have people embrace it, to treat it as a character movie and not an effects movie, it was an awesome experience.

What can we expect from Ted 2?

Whenever you do a sequel, it's hard to recapture the novel aspects of the original. What you really have to do is try to develop a story that captures the relationship of the characters in a way that feels like the relationship has moves forward. I think this film really accomplishes something with heart and humor that feels very original and the right evolution of the characters' story. I think that's what you want to try to accomplish in a sequel: come up with enough invention to keep it fresh.


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