‘Jurassic’ stomps to No. 1 for second week
Jurassic World continues to chomp into all-time records. The dinosaur blockbuster roared to No. 1 and $102 million in its second week, taking its total to $398.2 million in just 10 days, according to tracking firm Rentrak. It is now the fastest film to ever reach that milestone in the USA, stomping past The Avengers’ 10-day total of $373.1 million in 2012. (The superhero team-up still has the biggest second weekend ever by a hair with $103.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo). Led by a $208.8 million start last weekend, World is now closing in on a jaw-dropping $1 billion worldwide with $981.3 million to date.
“What Jurassic World has achieved is nothing short of astonishing,” says Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian. With strong weekday play and a mere 51% drop since last weekend, “this is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s the quintessential summer movie and audiences are voting with their dollars.” Although Inside Out is the first Disney/Pixar film that didn’t open at No. 1, the brainy animated flick is no slouch, overperforming with a mind-boggling $91.1 million for second place. It’s the best launch ever for a Pixar movie that wasn’t a sequel, and the studio’s biggest opening since Toy Story 3′s huge $110.3 million haul the same weekend in 2010, Rentrak reports.
The emotional family film, set inside an 11-year-old girl’s mind and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Mindy Kaling as her emotions, earned 98% positive reviews from critics, according to aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com. Audiences reacted similarly, awarding it a 93% approval rating. Overall, the box office is up 70% from the same weekend last year, when Think Like a Man Too topped the competition with $29.2 million. And following a slower-than-expected Memorial Day weekend, “this is a cause for celebration in the industry,” Dergarabedian says. “Look what a difference a couple weeks can make.”
Rounding out the top five, Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy sneaked in at No. 3 and $10.5 million ($74.4 million in three weeks). Disaster movie San Andreas came in at No. 4 with $8.2 million ($132.2 million in four weeks), and Sundance Film Festival hit Dope landed at No. 5 with $6 million its first weekend in just over 2,000 theaters. Final numbers are expected Monday.