‘Juras­sic’ still top draw

The di­nosaur could add $90 mil­lion to its record box-of­fice take this week­end.

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Saba Ham­edy saba.ham­edy@latimes.com

“Juras­sic World” is poised to con­tinue its suc­cess at the box of­fice af­ter a record-set­ting open­ing week­end.

Early track­ing sug­gests “Juras­sic World,” which racked up a record-break­ing $208.8 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada through Sun­day, could add $90 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end. The film has also vaulted Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures to No.1 among stu­dios in ticket sales so far this year.

But that doesn’t mean bad news for two other en­trants in this week’s box-of­fice race. New­com­ers “In­side Out” and “Dope” are also look­ing at strong de­buts. They are ex­pected to haul in a com­bined $74 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to early track­ing.

“We needed ‘Juras­sic World,’” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, a se­nior media an­a­lyst for re­search firm Ren­trak. “It couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.... It turned the sum­mer around.”

As of Sun­day, the in­dus­try box of­fice is up an es­ti­mated 4% year-to-date, ac­cord­ing to Ren­trak.

“Juras­sic World,” di­rected by Colin Trevor­row and star­ring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dal­las Howard, is the first film in the Uni­ver­sal fran­chise since 2001. Rid­ing off the pos­i­tive buzz, “Juras­sic World” also con­tin­ues to top ticket sales. Movi­eT­ick­ets.com re­ported Tues­day that the film ac­counted for 84% of all do­mes­tic tick­ets sold by the com­pany in the last 24 hours.

Pixar’s “In­side Out” will prob­a­bly see a launch of about $64 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with pre- re­lease au­di­ence sur­veys. The film, which was di­rected by Pete Doc­ter and lauded by crit­ics at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, is about an 11-yearold Mid­west­ern girl named Ri­ley and the emo­tions in her head.

The emo­tions — Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sad­ness (Phyl­lis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Dis­gust (Mindy Kal­ing) — are all char­ac­ters of their own, steer­ing Ri­ley through a lifechang­ing move to San Fran­cisco.

Doc­ter, an Os­car-win­ning film­maker, is a beloved fig­ure at Pixar known for be­ing the mas­ter­mind be­hind hits such as “Up.” “In­side Out” could at­tract the un­der­served de­mo­graphic crav­ing a strong an­i­mated fam­ily film.

Com­edy-drama “Dope,” which was ac­quired at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val this year, is look­ing at an open­ing of $7 mil­lion to $10 mil­lion, a solid amount for a fes­ti­val pickup.

Open Road Films and Sony Pic­tures World­wide re­port­edly ac­quired the film at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val for $7 mil­lion.

“Dope” is rolling out in wide re­lease right off the bat, un­like most other in­de­pen­dent films. Open Road will re­lease the film on 2,002 screens.

The film, writ­ten and di­rected by Rick Fa­muyiwa, was made with help from pro­duc­ers For­est Whi­taker and Nina Bon­giovi, as well as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Phar­rell Wil­liams and co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Sean “Puffy” Combs.

It fol­lows a group of nerdy high school se­niors Mal­colm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Cle­mons) af­ter they ac­ci­den­tally cross paths with neigh­bor­hood drug dealer Dom (rap­per ASAP Rocky).

Chuck Zlotnick/Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures

CHRIS PRATT plays Owen and Bryce Dal­las plays Claire in “Juras­sic World,” which racked up a record $208.8 mil­lion in the U.S. and Canada through Sun­day. It’s ex­pected to con­tinue its suc­cess this week­end.

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