You are probably not surprised to hear that Jurassic World took the top spot at the box office again. The film “won” the weekend with an impressive $102 million take, bringing its domestic total to a cool $398.2 million.
However, the real winner this weekend was Pixar’s Inside Out. Before it was released this past weekend, most people were predicting a $60 million opening for the film. And honestly, for an original film going up against Chris Pratt and fighting dinosaurs, that wouldn’t have been a terrible opening.
But it didn’t take home $60 million. Pixar’s latest hit crushed the record for the biggest-ever opening weekend for an original film. Inside Out earned $91 million, easily breaking the $77 million record set by Avatar in 2009. It’s also Pixar’s second biggest opening ever as a studio. Toy Story 3 holds that record with $110 million.
Senior media analyst at Rentrak, Paul Dergarabedian, told Variety there were no losers this weekend. Jurassic World and Inside Out are both winners.
There are no losers in this one-two punch. What movie is number one is a distinction without a difference.
Fans of original films should be celebrating today. Inside Out killed it at the box office, and it was also a hit with critics. It currently has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. 185 fresh reviews to just 4 rotten reviews.
And let’s not forget about the Sundance hit, Dope. We tried our best to get you excited for the film back in April. It obviously had no chance against Jurassic World, Inside Out, Spy and even San Andreas. However, it still managed to take home $6 million during its first three days. It scored a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, by the way.
Maybe there is still hope for the original film.