Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: June 21, 2015

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Jurassic World beats Avengers box office record

Dinosaurs ruled the box office once again this week, but they got their money's worth from a record-breaking effort for Pixar.

Repeating at #1 this weekend is Jurassic World, which fell a better-than-expected 51.1 percent and grossed $102 million during it second weekend. That is only slightly below the second weekend record posted by The Avengers in 2012 ($103 million), illustrating that the hype surrounding the film is in no real danger of dying down just yet. While it's still a long way off to tell if it realistically has a chance of beating Avatar's all-time box office record, Jurassic World is sitting very pretty at $398.2 million domestically and $981.3 million globally. It's already the second highest-grossing film of 2015 in the States, and it's conceivable it can cross Avengers: Age of Ultron when it's all said and done.

Coming in at #2 is the new Pixar film Inside Out (read our review), which parlayed its universal acclaim and admiration for the Pixar brand into a stellar $91 million debut. That is a record opening for one of the studio's many original properties, besting the mark previously established by The Incredibles in 2004 ($70.4 million). Overall, Inside Out posted the second biggest opening weekend in the company's storied history, behind only Toy Story 3's $110.3 million in 2010.

Even with the presence of Jurassic World, it shouldn't come as any real surprise that Inside Out performed so well. A Hollywood institution at this point, Pixar has always done great business at the box office, as their films maintain a level of cross-generational appeal that make them enticing options for kids and adults alike. It's been a while since a family film (especially one that was this well-received) hit the multiplex, playing into a rather lucrative demographic. It was also the first Pixar film in two years, which increased the levels of anticipation for it going into its release. They didn't get the top spot, but Inside Out is the big winner of the weekend, posting numbers that far exceeded the expectations analysts had for it.

The #3 film is Spy, which made $10.5 million. The Melissa McCarthy-led action comedy has grossed $74.3 million in the States so far. It's also gotten a nice boost internationally, as its global total is currently at $130.8 million.

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San Andreas is #4 after grossing $8.2 million over the weekend. The disaster thriller has made $132.2 million domestically thus far.

Rounding out the top five is Dope (read our review). The Sundance hit was released in theaters nationwide this week and obviously couldn't contend with the bigger summer fare, but still managed well on its own rights. The indie film took in $6 million during its first three days.

Insidious: Chapter 3 comes in at #6 with $4.1 million. The horror film has now made $45.3 million in the States.

Pitch Perfect 2 is the #7 film this week by adding $3.3 million to its domestic total, which is now at $177.5 million. Couple that with the $92.4 million it's made in the international markets, and it's no wonder Universal was so quick to date the third installment for this franchise.

Coming in #8 is Mad Max: Fury Road with $2.8 million. The post-apocalyptic action flick has made $143.6 million in the States and $346.1 million globally at this point in its box office run.

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Superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron comes in at #9 with $2.7 million. Marvel's latest blockbuster has currently made $451 million domestically.

Finishing off the top ten is Tomorrowland, which made $2 million in its fifth weekend. Brad Bird's film has only made $87.6 million during its run so far.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 22 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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