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It’s a Jurassic World at the Box Office (And We Just Live in It)

By John Hamann

June 14, 2015

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Overseas, Jurassic World didn’t disappoint, either. The Universal release took in an approximate $60 million on Friday alone, and Universal is reporting a staggering record-breaking global take of $511.8 million. This has become the summer of Universal, having already issued Furious 7 ($350 million domestic/$1.5 billion worldwide), Pitch Perfect 2 ($255 million worldwide) and Fifty Shades of Grey ($570 million worldwide). The $150 million Jurassic World will easily add another billion dollars or more to Universal’s coffers, and they still have Ted 2, Minions, the very well-reviewed Trainwreck, and the buzzy Straight Outta Compton.

It may come as a surprise that there were other films in release this weekend. Last weekend’s winner Spy was number two, looking to hold after last weekend’s somewhat disappointing $29.1 million opening. Considering the size of Jurassic World, it held decently, earning $16 million. The weekend-to-weekend drop came in at 45%, and again, considering the dino-size of its neighbor’s opening, you have to chalk this up as a success. Spy has now pulled in $56.9 million domestically and had earned $56 million overseas before the weekend began.

San Andreas finished third but got kneecapped by Jurassic World. After a decent hold last weekend and a $25.8 million weekend take, the Dwayne Johnson starrer could only find $11 million this weekend. That gives the Warner Bros. earth-shaker a devastating weekend to weekend plunge of 57%. San Andreas has now earned $119.3 million domestically. It crossed the $100 million mark on Monday, its 11th day of release, and has also crossed the $300 million mark worldwide.

Insidious Chapter 3 got hammered as well, but that is likely more due to its genre than Jurassic World. Still, the blockbuster wouldn’t have helped matters. After a debut last weekend of $22.7 million, the rug was pulled out from Insidious 3, with the Jason Blum horror film finding only $7.3 million. That’s a drop of 68%, similar to Chapter 2’s second weekend, when that film fell 66%, against, well, nothing. The $10 million horror flick has now earned $37.4 million domestically and another $15 million overseas.

Pitch Perfect 2 appears to be the counter-programming choice this weekend. After average weekend-to-weekend drops of about 50% over the last few weekends, the other Universal release in the top five dropped only 21%, earning $6 million. That brings the domestic total up to $170.7 million, and the overseas total is approaching $100 million.

Entourage also got dino-bit this weekend, but this one was falling off regardless. Entourage earned $4.3 million, declining a hurtful 58% as it does its Sex in the City thing. Entourage cost $30 million to assemble (and many millions more to market) and only has a gross to date of only $25.9 million.

Mad Max: Fury Road continues to hold onto a top ten spot this weekend. In its fifth weekend, Fury Road earned another $4.1 million and fell 47% compared to last weekend. The George Miller flick has brought its domestic total up to $138.6 million and its overseas total has reached $184 million. Unfortunately, it still needs another $75 million worldwide if Warner Bros. hopes to see a profit.




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Avengers: Age of Ultron got ahead of Tomorrowland in its seventh weekend, as the Marvel juggernaut earned $3.6 million this weekend, and fell 43%. Ultron has now brought its domestic score up to $444.7 million and has an overseas cume of $910 million.

Tomorrowland falls to ninth as this disaster plays out before our eyes. The Disney disappointment earned only $3.4 million as it declined 52%. The domestic total for the $190 million film has reached a sad $83.6 million, while overseas box office has reached $90 million.

The Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy sneaks into the top 10 with $1.8 million. The Roadside Attractions film featuring John Cusack is playing in 573 venues, and now has a running total of $4.8 million.

On only 15 screens, Me, Earl & The Dying Girl managed to earn $210,000 this weekend for Fox Searchlight. That gives the well-reviewed indie a great start, given its $14,000 venue average. This one could quietly become a summer sleeper, given its 82% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Overall, the box office is back on track after several weekends of sad sack results. Thanks to Jurassic World, the top 12 films this weekend earned a massive $263.9 million, the biggest top 12 ever for the month of June, beating the June 21, 2013 weekend that earned $232.4 million. Compared to last year, this year dominated, as last year’s top 12 brought a mere $180 million. In fact, Jurassic World on its own beat the combined box office of all movies from this same weekend last year.

Now we turn to next weekend, where we know Jurassic World will have at least an $85 million weekend, and will join openers Inside Out and the buzzy Dope. Inside Out should be destined for $70 million, and Dope could surprise to the upside. These three films alone will outgross last year’s top 12, so the box office seems destined for a summer box office roll.


Top Ten for Weekend of June 12-14, 2015
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 Jurassic World Universal 204,600,000 New 204,600,000
2 Spy Fox 16,000,000 -45% 56,937,000
3 San Andreas Warner Bros. 11,010,000 -57% 119,321,000
4 Insidious Chapter 3 Focus 7,300,000 -68% 37,371,000
5 Pitch Perfect 2 Universal 6,000,000 -21% 170,715,000
6 Entourage Warner Bros. 4,340,000 -58% 25,870,000
7 Mad Max: Fury Road Warner Bros. 4,130,000 -47% 138,608,000
8 Avengers: Age of Ultron Walt Disney 3,641,000 -43% 444,743,000
9 Tomorrowland Walt Disney 3,417,000 -53% 83,607,000
10 Love & Mercy Roadside Attractions 1,765,000 -17% 4,774,000
11 Aloha Sony 960,000 -70% 18,960,000
12 I'll See You in My Dreams Bleecker Street 800,000 +45% 2,952,000

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