'Inside Out' Lands Second Best Pixar Debut Ever with $34.24M on Friday; 'Jurassic World' Adds $29M as Historic Run Continues

on June 20, 2015 by Shawn Robbins
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Disney reports that Pixar's Inside Out bowed to an excellent $34.238 million in first place on Friday, including Thursday's $3.7 million in early grosses as well as revenue generated from a special screening held on Tuesday night. That ranks as the second best opening day ever for the venerable animation studio, topping Monsters University's $30.5 million and trailing only Toy Story 3's $41.2 million. Pixar's first release in two years, Inside Out is benefiting from both strong advance buzz with reviews at a spectacular 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as major demand from families with kids who haven't had an 'ianimated offering to see in theaters since Fox/DreamWorks' Home opened three months ago. Even then, Inside Out's debut is made all the more impressive considering its competition against Jurassic World.

While Inside Out will very likely concede the weekend to the dinosaur mega-blockbuster (the first time a Pixar film will debut outside of first place over opening weekend), it extends Pixar's streak of #1 debuts on opening day to 15 and is well on its way to breaking the record for biggest non-first place opening weekend by any film in history. That record currently belongs to 2004's The Day After Tomorrow ($68.7 million; which adjusts to about $90 million using 2015 ticket prices). Combined with strong word of mouth (including an "A" CinemaScore and a rare 93 percent Flixster user score) and Father's Day to boost Sunday receipts, things look very rosy for Inside Out. Disney projects an $84-89 million range for the weekend, while BoxOffice projects $90 million.

Moving down to second place for the day (but still shattering records) was Universal and Legendary's Jurassic World. The fourth entry in the beloved franchise continued its historic run on Friday with another $29 million, representing a strong hold against the new Pixar flick and dropping 65 percent from opening day last week. That gives the Colin Trevorrow-helmed sequel a new record eight-day domestic total of $325.2 million -- topping Marvel's The Avengers, which earned $299.2 million through its first eight days.  The latter film also holds the second weekend record ($103.05 million), but Universal itself is already projecting World will overtake that with $103.3 million this weekend for yet another record.

In third place, Spy eased 35 percent from last week to $3.08 million. The genre send-up from Melissa McCarthy and writer/director Paul Feig has tallied $66.95 million to date. BoxOffice projects a $10.8 million third frame.

Open Road's Dope bowed in fourth place with a respectable $2.38 million from 2,002 locations yesterday. The film's early word of mouth is living up to the buzz with an 86 percent Flixster score on top of its 90 percent critics' score. BoxOffice projects the flick will net around $7 million for opening weekend.

Filling out the top five, San Andreas added $2.18 million yesterday as it eased 31 percent from last Friday. The Dwayne Johnson-led disaster pic has tallied $126.2 million domestically thus far, and should land around $7.8 million for Father's Day weekend.

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

Tags: Jurassic World, Inside Out, Dope, Pixar
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