‘Jurassic’ still top draw
The dinosaur could add $90 million to its record box-office take this weekend.
“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).
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.