By Daniel Garris
Jurassic World continued to roar at the box office this weekend with a first place take of $106.59 million. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary was down 49 percent from last weekend's record-breaking opening weekend performance. That represented an exceptional second weekend hold for a film of this size; especially given the significantly stronger than expected start of Inside Out this weekend. Jurassic World set a new record for the largest second weekend gross of all-time, as it topped the $103.05 million take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers by $3.54 million. The feat is made even more impressive given that Jurassic World was coming off of much stronger first-week midweek business than The Avengers did thanks in part to opening in June as opposed to May.
Jurassic World has grossed $402.80 million in just ten days of release, which represents the largest ten-day start of all time. Jurassic World is also the fastest film to ever hit the $400 million mark domestically, as it easily beat the previous mark of 14 days that had been set by The Avengers. Thanks in part to its stronger midweek business Jurassic World is running $29.73 million and 8 percent ahead of the $373.07 million ten-day take of The Avengers.
Without adjusting for ticket-price inflation Jurassic World is already the 18th highest grossing film of all-time domestically. The film has now surpassed the $402.45 million unadjusted domestic lifetime gross of 1993's Jurassic Park and in the coming days will zoom past the $449.45 million current gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. At its current rate Jurassic World shouldn't have any problem becoming only the fourth film of all-time to reach the $600 million unadjusted domestic mark (the other three films being 2009's Avatar, 1997's Titanic and The Avengers).
In a stunning box office performance of its own, Disney's Inside Out was off to a very strong second place start of $90.44 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Pixar far exceeded expectations which had been held in check after the break-out performance of Jurassic World and tended to range anywhere from $60 million to $75 million heading into the weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Inside Out delivered the largest opening weekend performance ever for a non-sequel from Pixar, as it easily topped the $70.47 million start of 2004's The Incredibles. Inside Out claimed the second largest opening weekend take ever for a Pixar film (including sequels); behind only the $110.31 million debut of 2010's Toy Story 3. The opening weekend for Inside Out was the seventh largest ever for the month of June without adjusting for ticket price inflation.
Inside Out was no doubt helped out by its nearly universal glowing reviews, by its unique concept in a summer especially driven by sequels, the relative lack of family and computer animated fare thus far in 2015 and by a strong marketing campaign. Inside Out opened with $34.27 million on Friday (which included an estimated $3.7 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 10 percent on Saturday to gross $30.94 million and declined 18.5 percent on Father's Day to gross $25.23 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.64 to 1. Inside Out received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and in all likelihood will hold up very well over the next few weeks until Universal's highly anticipated Minions enters the marketplace on July 10.
The audience breakdown for Inside Out skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and under (60 percent) and towards female moviegoers (56 percent). Family audiences represented 71 percent of the film's overall audience.
Fox's Spy placed in a distant third with $11.23 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy stabilized nicely this weekend as it was down a healthy 28 percent from last weekend. Spy has grossed a respectable, but softer than expected $75.10 million through 17 days. That places the film an underwhelming 20 percent behind the $93.62 million 17-day gross of 2013's Identity Thief.
Warner's San Andreas also stabilized very nicely this weekend with a fourth place take of $8.71 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down just 19.5 percent, as the film was helped by the Father's Day holiday and by rebounding from the hit it took from the launch of Jurassic World last weekend. San Andreas continues to significantly exceed expectations with a 24-day take of $132.70 million.
Dope rounded out the weekend's top five with a $6.10 million start. The Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama from Open Road debuted just below its already modest expectations. Strong critical reviews and strong early buzz from Sundance earlier in the year were ultimately unable to transfer into any type of opening weekend break-out for Dope. The film's debut was very similar to the $6.20 million debut of Beyond the Lights last November.
Dope opened with $2.38 million on Friday (which included a significant $0.425 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 14 percent on Saturday to gross $2.04 million and decline 18 percent on Sunday to take in $1.60 million. That gave the film a fairly front-loaded opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.57 to 1. Dope received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore and will hope to build off of its strong initial word of mouth and critical reviews going forward.