Led by the one-two punch of Universal's Jurassic World and Pixar's Inside Out, the box office was ablaze again with over $236 million in total grosses. At the front of the pack was Jurassic World, the bona fide box office phenomenon that has been tearing it up since it debuted on June 12. Over the course of its second weekend, World grossed $102 million, which was enough to claim the title of the second best second weekend in history (quite an amusing stat). By the time that the dust settles tomorrow, Jurassic World may actually have broken The Avengers' previous record of $103 million. The dinosaur pic surprised last weekend when the actuals rolled in, and I'm betting that it takes the crown again. After 10 days in theaters, Jurassic World has now made an absolutely stunning $398.2 million and it will undoubtedly hit $400 million on Monday. So the question is now- how high can Jurassic World fly?
The word of mouth on Jurassic World from critics was mixed to say the least, but fans have been incredibly enthusiastic. That is proven by the exceptionally strong hold this weekend. Jurassic World has also broken pretty much every record in the book in the speed department, as it became the fastest to $100, $150, $200, $250, $300 and $350 million over the course of its first few days in theaters. It will also end up being the fastest to $400 million regardless of the actual results tomorrow morning, and should end up passing The Avengers for fastest to $450 and $500 million. So it's safe to say that Jurassic World is picking up steam and moving very quickly. With a current standing around $400 million, I firmly believe that it will skyrocket past The Avengers' $623.3 million US total and fly towards the James Cameron duo.
Currently, the two highest grossing films of all time in the US are Titanic and Avatar. Titanic stands at $658.6 million and Avatar is sitting pretty at $760.5 million. In my view, passing Titanic is a possibility, but Avatar is firmly out of reach. If Jurassic World continues at the current pace that it's moving at, it will probably finish near $650 million. With a push, it passes Titanic. Let's say it makes around $50 million this week and another $50 million next weekend. That puts it around $500 million for its first 20 days. Not bad at all and if it keeps up that pace, it should have enough gas left in the tank to pass Titanic.
With no animated competition until Minions comes in to make its killing on July 10, Pixar really has time to destroy the box office. They have next weekend and the Fourth of July period to work with, and thanks to the solid word of mouth, Pixar could be seeing a total around $350 million by the time everything wraps up. In all honesty, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest to see Inside Out finish in first place next weekend. It should have a very good hold.
Dope was the other new release of the weekend, and it grossed a merely decent $6 million, failing to make back the $7 million that Open Road spent on it. The "A-" Cinemascore is promising, but I don't know how this one will hold up with all of the competition. I wasn't a huge fan of the film, but others seemed to really enjoy it. So maybe it'll find a home with the art house crowd.
Next weekend will see the release of Ted 2 and Max, the dog movie. Not to be confused with Mad Max. Here are my predictions for what should be another massive weekend as the summer box office begins to heat up even more:
1. Inside Out- $61.5 million
2. Ted 2- $55 million
3. Jurassic World- $52.5 million
4. Max- $14 million
5. Spy- $6.9 million
6. San Andreas- $4.8 million
7. Dope- $3.5 million
8. Insidious Chapter 3- $2.4 million
9. Pitch Perfect 2- $2 million
10. Mad Max: Fury Road- $1.6 million