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Jurassic World, Inside Out Lead Triumphant Box Office

By John Hamann

June 21, 2015

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Fourth is The Rock’s San Andreas, as the event film tries to recover from the dino-rampage last weekend, when it fell 58%. With a lesser impact from Jurassic World, San Andreas held much better in weekend four, as it earned $8.2 million and fell 24%. The $110 million film has now earned $132.2 million domestically and over $250 million overseas. San Andreas will have no problem turning a profit for Warner Bros., New Line and Village Roadshow.

Fifth is Dope, the Sundance pickup being released by Open Road. The opener had a challenging task this weekend – open against two huge films in the marketplace, with no benefit of a platform release for a film with few stars and little awareness. Dope took these challenges and still managed to earn $6 million, a few million below the $8-10 million expectation. Out to 2,002 venues, Dope had a venue average of $3,006. This one may have performed better if Open Road attempted to platform it, opening on four screens, and then 60, and then 2,002. Reviews are great at 90% fresh, and word-of-mouth is also going to be excellent as it earned an A- Cinemascore, so audiences may find this gem eventually. Open Road paid $7 million for Dope, and committed another $15 million for advertising, so it is going to need a decent multiplier to bail out the distributor.

Insidious Chapter 3 is sixth as it winds its way down the top ten ladder. This weekend, its third, the Insidious sequel earned only $4.1 million, and fell 44% compared to last weekend. The $10 million Jason Blum feature distributed by Focus Features has now earned $45.4 million domestically, and has pulled in more than $25 million overseas.

Pitch Perfect 2 is seventh, earning another $3.3 million and declining 49%. The $29 million film is hugely profitable, as it has earned $177.5 million stateside and is approaching $100 million overseas.

Mad Max: Fury Road is eighth, as it spends a sixth weekend in the top ten. Running on fumes, Fury Road took in another $2.8 million and fell 31%. Normally a domestic total of $143.6 million and worldwide gross to date of $340 million would be cause to celebrate, but this one cost $150 million to make, so after all that marketing is paid for, Warner Bros. may still be left holding the bag and waiting for home video revenue to fill in the financial gap.




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Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to hang on for an eighth consecutive weekend as it moves up the top 10 domestic earners of all-time list. This weekend, the Marvel sequel earned $2.7 million and declined only 26%. The domestic total has now exceeded that of The Dark Knight Rises, as the cume has reached $449.3 million. Worldwide, Age of Ultron is the fifth biggest film ever with $1.37 billion, against a $250 million budget.

Rounding out the top ten and making its last appearance in this column is Tomorrowland, the Disney failure. The $190 million George Clooney flop earned $2 million this weekend, off 42% from the previous frame. The good news for Disney is that Tomorrowland’s revenue has now matched its massive budget, but that’s worldwide revenue. Domestic revenue has only reached $87.7 million.

It’s the overall success of the box office that is another big story this weekend. After the top 12 films set a record last weekend with a massive $260 million, the box office should have been hard-pressed to have another weekend above $200 million, with $100 million moving out of the top ten thanks to Jurassic World’s drop alone. However with Inside Out surprising to the upside, this weekend’s top 12 of $236.3 million ends up bigger than Age of Ultron’s weekend, where the top 12 earned $226.4 million. That puts two consecutive weekends into the top ten biggest ever.

That portends well for next weekend as well. Ted 2, our first mainstream comedy since Spy and Entourage opened on June 5th. The original Ted opened to $54.4 million, and there is no reason why the sequel can’t do same or better, and tracking is currently seeing a mid-$60 million open. Max is a bit more of enigma, especially with Inside Out over-performing this weekend. If it connects – which it could, especially with red state families, it could reach $15 million. If the big holdovers can also hold, the box office could be in for its third consecutive massive frame.


Top Weekend Box Office for 6/19/15-6/21/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Jurassic World Universal $102,018,525 - 51% $398,230,180
2 Inside Out Disney $91,056,000 New $91,056,000
3 Spy Fox $10,500,000 - 33% $74,374,000
4 San Andreas WARNER BROS. $8,240,000 - 24% $132,229,000
5 Dope Paramount $6,017,929 New $6,017,929
6 Insidious: Chapter 3 Focus Features $4,110,000 - 44% $45,370,000
7 Pitch Perfect 2 Universal $3,294,110 - 49% $177,458,490
8 Mad Max: Fury Road $2,815,000 - 31% $143,602,000
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron Disney $2,723,000 - 26% $449,323,000
10 Tomorrowland Disney $2,009,000 - 42% $87,696,000
11 Entourage WARNER BROS. $1,900,000 - 55% $29,610,000
12 Love & Mercy Roadside Attractions $1,600,000 - 4% $7,000,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Overnight The Orchard $50,000 New $50,000
  Infinitely Polar Bear Sony Classics $47,398 New $47,398
  Eden Broad Green Pictures $20,313 New $20,313
  Me And Earl And the Dying Girl FOX SEARCHLIGHT $351,700 + 79% $645,100
  Testament of Youth Sony Classics $194,955 + 88% $421,701
  Aloha Sony $400,000 - 60% $20,000,000
  I'll See You In My Dreams Bleecker Street $674,195 - 17% $4,047,809
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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