“Jurassic World” led sales in North American theaters for a fourth straight weekend, stealing the limelight from three new releases.
The Universal Pictures action movie about a theme park of genetically mutated dinosaurs collected $30.9 million, outdrawing Pixar’s “Inside Out” and a new “Terminator” film in the U.S and Canada from Friday to Sunday over the July 4 weekend, Rentrak Corp. said in an e-mailed statement.
A mix of seasoned hits and new films created a box-office tussle, with just $2.24 million separating the top three pictures over the weekend. Hollywood’s summer film season, when studios collect 40 percent of their yearly ticket sales, is at full throttle. Universal will probably reclaim the weekend crown next week with another hit, “Minions.”
“This shows the incredible staying power of ’Jurassic World’ as audiences respond week after week, keeping it at the top of the charts,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Jurassic World is making it look easy.”
Among the returning features, Walt Disney Co.’s animated Pixar film “Inside Out,” about the dueling emotions inside a girl’s head, took second place with sales of $30.1 million in its third weekend in theaters.
Three new releases opened on July 1.
“Terminator Genisys,” a reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger cyborg series from Viacom Inc.’s Paramount division, produced $28.7 million for third place.
“Magic Mike XXL,” the male-stripper sequel from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros., landed in fourth place with sales of $12 million from Friday to Sunday.
“Faith of Our Fathers,” Pure Flix Entertainment’s film about two men who travel to the Vietnam War Memorial guided by letters from their fathers, opened with sales of $432,000 for 17th place.
“Magic Mike XXL,” a follow-up to the 2012 hit, once again features Channing Tatum and his hip-thrusting stripper cohorts. Tatum reprises his role as Mike and reunites with Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, as the “Kings of Tampa.”
The story picks up three years after the first film, with Mike and his partners ready to throw in the towel on the male-stripper life. They re-form for one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reconnecting with old acquaintances and learning some new moves.
“A topless, sticky-wet movie where almost no one is having sex,” Amy Nicholson wrote in L.A weekly. “He’s selling nonsense fantasy in a movie that’s nonsense fantasy, but boy, is Tatum the real deal.”
Critics were split, with the R-rated film earning 58 percent positive reviews, according to aggregator Rottentomatoes.com.
Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first installment, is an executive producer for the sequel. Gregory Jacobs, who won an Emmy for directing “Behind the Candelabra,” takes the directing chair. Joining the cast are Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell and Elizabeth Banks.
BoxOffice.com was forecasting $29 million from Friday to Sunday and a cumulative $48.5 million opening including the early-week showings.
Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” begins like the original 1984 film, with a soldier from the future, played by Jai Courtney, traveling back in time to protect the woman who will give birth to the resistance leader in a robot-dominated world.
In the new movie, the timeline fractures and a new story unfolds, with Schwarzenegger as a good cyborg battling a villain dubbed the T-1000.
“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke features as a young Sarah Connor, while Jason Clarke stars as her son-to-be John Connor.
Co-produced with David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, the film was dogged by bad reviews and garnered just 25 percent positive notices, according to Rottentomatoes.
“‘Terminator Genisys’ could be Exhibit A in why the current line of thinking in Hollywood regarding sequels/reboots/remakes often leads to terrible decisions and worse films,” Mark Olsen wrote in the Los Angeles Times.
The film cost $155 million to make, not including marketing costs, and was forecast by BoxOffice.com to produce $28 million in weekend sales and $45 million in total revenue including the earlier part of the week.
Playing in just six theaters, “Amy,” a documentary about the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, brought in $222,015 over the weekend in its limited debut. It had the biggest sales per screen of any of the releases. The film will expand to more theaters next weekend.
Weekend sales for the top 10 films surged 13 percent to $130.7 million from a year earlier, Rentrak said. Sales for the year to date have increased 6.9 percent to $5.77 billion. The following table has U.S. movie box-office figures provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for July 3 and July 4 with estimates for Sunday.
Rev. Pct. Avg./ Total Movie (mln) Chg. Theaters Theater (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 Jurassic World $30.9 -43 3,737 $8,280 $558.2 4 2 Inside Out 30.1 -42 4,158 7,240 246.2 3 3 Terminator 28.7 -- 3,758 7,637 44.2 1 4 Magic Mike XXL 12.0 -- 3,355 3,589 27.1 1 5 Ted 2 11.0 -67 3,448 3,195 58.3 2 6 Max 7.0 -42 2,870 2,439 25.7 2 7 Spy 5.5 -30 2,387 2,304 97.9 5 8 San Andreas 3.0 -44 1,672 1,794 147.4 6 9 Me And Earl 1.3 33 870 1,517 4.0 4 10 Dope 1.1 -61 863 1,273 14.1 3
Top 10 Films GrossesThis Week Year Ago Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $130.7 $115.3 +13
Year-to-date Revenue2015 2014 YTD YTD Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $5,774 $5,401 +6.9
Source: Rentrak Corp.