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Weekend Wrap-Up: Jurassic Still Roaring

June 30th, 2015

Jurassic World

As expected, there was a race for the top spot on the box office chart over the weekend; however, it was only a two-way race. Jurassic World and Inside Out both earned more than $50 million over the weekend and were in a relatively tight race for first place. On the other hand, Ted 2 struggled somewhat in third. To be fair, it still made enough to become a hit, but not enough to justify a third installment in the franchise. Meanwhile, Max did fine, assuming it didn't cost more than reported. Overall, the box office fell 25% from last weekend, but it still earned $184 million, which is 2.2% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 is ahead of 2014 by 5.1% at $5.37 billion to $5.11 billion. This is a great turnaround for a year that looked like it was going to drop below last year's pace.

(On a side note, we've run out of images for Jurassic World, so from now on expect some "Picture Unrelated" images for columns with Jurassic World. At least until it hits the home market.)

Technically none of the three films I thought would earn $55 million over the weekend made it to that mark; however, Jurassic World earned $54.53 million and you would round that up to $55 million. I'm calling that a victory. After three weeks of release, the film has pulled in $500.37 million, making it the first film of 2015 to get to the half-billion-dollar mark. In fact, it is the first film since The Avengers to get there and only the fifth film ever. At this pace, it should get to $600 million and top The Avengers for third place on the All-Time Chart. It will be very close, on the other hand. Very close.

Inside Out was close behind with $52.32 million over the weekend for a total of $185.14 million after ten days of release. In just a short time, it will become the fifth film released in 2015 to get to the $200 million mark and the sixth film to earn that much during 2015. At this pace, it should get to $300 million domestically, while it is still too soon to tell where it will end up worldwide. I think it is safe to say it will be monstrously profitable.

Ted 2 is a difficult movie to judge. On the one hand, the film earned third place with $33.51 million, which means it will finish with close to $90 million. Worldwide, it could reach $200 million. The film likely cost $60 million to make, so this would be enough to break even. On the other hand, Ted earned $200 million domestically and over $500 million worldwide. That's a huge drop at the box office. So if you look at it individually, it had an okay opening, but it bombed compared to the original.

Live action family films rarely have break out success and Max was no exception. The film managed fourth place with just $12.16 million. Additionally, its reviews are weak, so it likely won't have the same legs most family films have. That said, it only cost $20 million to make and it will top that figure domestically by this time next week. It should break even... eventually.

Spy continues to show strong legs and was down just 30% to $7.91 million over the weekend for a total of $88.46 million after four weeks of release. I have no doubts that the film will get to $100 million, but it will drop out of the top five before that happens.

Sadly, Dope couldn't turn its strong reviews into long legs, as it fell 54% to just $2.78 million over the weekend for a total of $11.70 million after ten days of release. This is more than it cost to make, so it could break even eventually.


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