The gloves are off, and the box office race between a Pixar tearjerker and a dinosaur-filled monster sequel is heating up. Jurassic World surpassed expectations last weekend to nab the opening weekend record with $208.8 million, but the question then turned to, “how will it hold up?” Quite well, it appears. The Avengers currently holds the record for the biggest-ever second weekend performance with $103.05 million, but Jurassic World has its sights set on breaking it as it pulled in $29 million on Friday. It’s going to be close, but early estimates indicate that it could very possibly surpass that $103.05 million benchmark for the weekend, taking away yet another record from the Marvel blockbuster.
But this weekend’s big new release is also exceeding expectations. Riding a wave of critical raves, Inside Out made $34 million on Friday night and is on its way to a massive opening weekend somewhere between $84 and $89 million. The film is in line to score Pixar’s second largest opening weekend ever, behind only Toy Story 3’s $110.3 million. The #2 film is currently Monsters University with $82.4 million, but with an A CinemaScore and a potentially huge Saturday, it looks as though Inside Out will surpass that. A Pixar movie has never not opened at #1, so Inside Out will also set a different sort of record, but nobody predicted Jurassic World would be this big.
Looking at the overall picture, the 2015 box office is positively booming. Between Jurassic World and Inside Out alone, this weekend will be approaching $200 million, and the full Top 10 could hit $225 million. By comparison, that’s about 65% ahead of the same weekend in June 2014.
Elsewhere at the box office, the wonderful action comedy Spy continues to have strong legs with $3 million on Friday, and the Sundance indie Dope had a strong showing with $2.38 million for fourth place. Check out the full Top 5 below, and check back for final estimates tomorrow.