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Sunday Update: In what turned out to be a very tight race for first place this weekend, Universal's Jurassic World was able to hold off Disney's Inside Out with an estimated weekend take of $54.22 million. The two films were separated by only $2.09 million over the weekend frame. Jurassic World claimed the third largest third weekend performance of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation; behind only the $68.49 million third weekend take of 2009's Avatar and the $55.64 million third weekend take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Jurassic World is estimated to surpass the $500 million mark on Sunday and has grossed $500.06 million in 17 days. In reaching the $500 million domestic milestone in 17 days, Jurassic World easily shattered the previous record of 23 days held by The Avengers. Jurassic World is now the highest grossing release of 2015 to date domestically as it has zoomed past the $452.43 million total gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Jurassic World is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive $42.39 million and 9 percent ahead of the $457.67 million 17-day take of The Avengers.

Inside Out held up very nicely this weekend with an estimated second place take of $52.13 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Pixar declined 42 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected debut. That represented a stronger second weekend percentage hold than those of both 2013's Monsters University (which fell 45 percent to gross $45.61 million) and 2010's Toy Story 3 (which fell 46 percent to gross $59.34 million). Extremely strong word of mouth and critical reviews, being a non-sequel and being more weekend heavy than other recent Pixar films all helped Inside Out this weekend. Inside Out continues to exceed its already lofty expectations in a big way with a ten-day take of $184.95 million. That places the film 8.5 percent ahead of the $170.43 million ten-day gross of Monsters University and 18.5 percent behind the $226.89 million ten-day take of Toy Story 3.

While Jurassic World and Inside Out continued to excel this weekend, Ted 2 was off to a very underwhelming third place start with an estimated $33.0 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC opened well below pre-release expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $45 million to $60 million heading into the weekend. Ted 2 appears to have suffered significantly from being unable to stand out from its predecessor and mixed critical reviews didn't help matters either. There's also little doubt that potential for the film was ultimately limited by the breakout performances of both Jurassic World and Inside Out. Ted 2 opened 39 percent below the $54.42 million debut of 2012's Ted and as a sequel is highly likely to be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.

Ted 2 started out with $13.3 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a lackluster 16 percent on Saturday to gross $11.2 million and is estimated to decline 24 percent on Sunday to take in $8.5 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.48 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ted 2 skewed towards male moviegoers (59 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 25 years and older (51 percent). Ted 2 received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and will hope to hold up well going forward with additional help from the upcoming Independence Day holiday frame.

Meanwhile, Max debuted in line with its far more modest expectations with an estimated fourth place take of $12.21 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was off to a solid start this weekend, especially given the competition it faced for family audiences from Inside Out. Max comfortably outpaced the $8.36 million opening weekend take of last year's Earth to Echo and nearly matched the $13.57 million five-day debut of that film (which opened on a Wednesday). There haven't been many dog themed wide releases in recent years, but Max opened just ahead of the $11.60 million start of 2010's Marmaduke.

Max opened with $4.36 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.50 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a slim 3 percent on Saturday to gross $4.49 million and is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to take in $3.37 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.80 to 1. The audience breakdown for Max skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (57 percent). Max received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The film is likely to hold up well going forward, though it will also be facing further competition for family audiences from Universal's highly anticipated Minions beginning on July 10.

Fox's Spy rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.8 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy held up well again this weekend as it was down just 30.5 percent. After getting out of the gates slower than expected, Spy has stabilized nicely over the past two weeks thanks in part to strong word of mouth. Spy also likely received an added boost this weekend from the softer than expected start of Ted 2. The 24-day total for Spy stands at $88.35 million, which places the film 18 percent behind the $107.43 million 24-day take of 2013's Identity Thief.

Saturday Update #2: Disney reports that Pixar's Inside Out held onto first place Friday with an estimated $14.99 million, down 56 percent from its opening day last weekend. That brings the strongly received animated pic's domestic total up to $147.81 million through just eight days of release, putting it 39 percent ahead of the pace of Up and 20 percent behind the pace of Toy Story 3. BoxOffice projects a close race for the top spot with Jurassic World this weekend, giving Inside Out the slight advantage for now with a $50 million weekend.

Speaking of Jurassic World, Universal reports a $14.7 million Friday estimate for the mega blockbuster, putting it down 49.5 percent from last Friday and increasing its domestic haul to $460.5 million. The film is the fastest in history to eclipse the $450 million domestic threshold, doing so in 15 days (besting the first Avengers' 17 days). That also pushes it past Avengers: Age of Ultron to become 2015's top domestic grosser so far, while leap-frogging both that pic and The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million) on the all-time domestic chart where Jurassic World now ranks #7. The franchise revival will next overtake the original Star Wars: A New Hope ($461 million) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($474.5 million) on Saturday. Overall, Jurassic World is pacing more than 10 percent ahead of where the first Avengers stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $49.5 million third weekend, although Universal itself is projecting $50.5 million. Either way, the race between it and Inside Out is too close to confidently call at this point.

Debuting in third place yesterday, Ted 2 pulled $13.2 million -- including Thursday night's $2.6 million start. Unfortunately, that's 36 percent off the opening day of 2012's first flick, and according to Universal will translate to an opening weekend around $34 million (the original debuted to $54.4 million). Early word of mouth also appears to be hindering things: the sequel's Flixster score stands at 75 percent this morning (compared to 22 Jump Street's 91 percent one year ago) while critics have given it a disappointing 46 percent.

Warner Bros. and MGM's Max put up a respectable debut yesterday with $4.35 million. That bests the $2.65 million Wednesday opening of last year's Earth to Echo, a film which similarly targeted families and audiences in more rural areas of the country with its counter-programming to the bigger titles in the market. Max's 76 percent Flixster score is reasonably solid for its genre, although critics haven't taken to it (39 percent). BoxOffice is projecting a $13 million opening frame.

Filling out the top five, Spy added $2.12 million yesterday for a 32 percent Friday-to-Friday drop. Its domestic total is now $82.67 million. BoxOffice projects a $6.9 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl expanded into 354 locations this weekend, generating $292,000 on Friday for an $825 per-theater average. Its domestic tally stands at $1.156 million so far as the well-reviewed indie flick looks to net around $890,000 this weekend. Its theatrical expansion will continue next week.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Saturday Update #1: While Jurassic World and Inside Out are still chasing the $50 million mark this weekend, Ted 2 is falling short with an estimated haul of $30 million or so.

Check back later this morning for more updates. 

Friday Update #2: Based on early reports, it's going to be a close race for first place this weekend. Both Jurassic World and Inside Out look to be on pace for a sum in the $50 million-$53 million range. Meanwhile, Ted 2 should land $47 million-$49 million. Max is on pace for $13.5 million.

Check tomorrow for updated projections.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Ted 2 grabbed an estimated $2.6 million from 8pm shows in 2,647 theaters last night. That's an overall positive start for the Seth MacFarlane/Mark Wahlberg sequel, and exactly matches the $2.6 million earned from the first film's early shows in late June 2012. However, that flick opened at midnight and in less than half as many theaters (1,090) against Magic Mike (which earned $2.1 million at midnight). With somewhat softer tracking for Ted 2 versus its predecessor entering the weekend, it remains to be seen whether or not the sequel can match the original's $54.4 million opening weekend.

Also opening this weekend is Max from Warner Bros. and MGM as it hopes to catch some of the family crowd. That will prove challenging as well with both Jurassic World and Inside Out poised to continue holding very well as we close out June. Max debuted to $500,000 last night, slightly ahead of the $430,000 taken in by When the Game Stands Tall last August (on its way to an $8.4 million frame). 

More updates as they come.

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By Daniel Garris

Inside Out moved into first place on Thursday with $9.48 million. Yesterday represented the second time Inside Out has led the daily box office (last Friday being the first). The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was up an encouraging 1 percent over Wednesday's performance, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Inside Out placed in second for the week with a much stronger than expected seven-day start of $132.82 million. That is 6 percent ahead of the $124.83 million seven-day take of 2013's Monsters University and 21 percent behind the $167.55 million seven-day gross of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World was down one spot from Wednesday to place in a close second with $8.90 million. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic World was the week's top film with a weekly take of $149.63 million. That was down 49.5 percent from the film's opening weekend performance and brings the film's two-week total to a massive $445.84 million. Yesterday saw Jurassic World surpass the $441.23 million total gross of 2004's Shrek 2 to move into ninth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list and by the end of the weekend the film is set to zoom into fifth place on the list.

Given how close Inside Out and Jurassic World were on Thursday (and throughout the rest of the midweek), it is likely that the two films will remain close to one another over the weekend.

Fox's Spy held steady in third place with $1.21 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy fell 7 percent from Wednesday and a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. Spy surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed $80.55 million in three weeks. The film placed in third this week with $16.68 million, which represented a 27 percent decline from the previous week.

Warner's San Andreas took in $0.826 million to remain in fourth. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down 9 percent from Wednesday and down 27 percent from last Thursday. San Andreas took fourth place this week with $12.61 million. That was down a slim 20 percent from the previous week and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $136.60 million.

Open Road's Dope rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.536 million. The critically acclaimed Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama was down a concerning 16 percent from Wednesday. Dope placed in fifth for the week with $8.91 million. Despite strong critical reviews, Dope is performing slightly below expectations and has been fairly front-loaded throughout the week. The film is running 19 percent ahead of the $7.49 million seven-day start of last year's Beyond the Lights.

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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.

 

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waltdisneystudios.pngThe official release from Disney:

"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."

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