“Inside Out,” the animated film hit from Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar, emerged as the No. 1 movie in the U.S. over the July 4 weekend, climbing to the top spot in its third week in theaters to edge out “Jurassic World.”
“Inside Out” produced $29.8 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday in U.S. and Canadian cinemas, Rentrak Corp. said in an e-mailed statement. “Jurassic World,” the Universal Pictures dinosaur blockbuster, posted $29.2 million and was initially reported as the leader. Both films beat out the weekend’s two new wide releases.
It’s rare for a movie to climb into first place after so long in theaters, especially during the summer when studios release big-budget films almost weekly and the competition for the top spot is fierce. Best-picture winner “Argo” jumped to first place in its third weekend in October 2012. Parents took their kids to see “Inside Out” on Sunday afternoon after the holiday, according to Rentrak.
“Their matinees were incredibly strong yesterday,” Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst, said on Monday. “Families that possibly had other things to do on the 4th of July came out and supported the film on Sunday.”
A mix of seasoned hits and new films created a box-office tussle over the weekend, with less than $3 million separating the top three pictures. 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 this week with another hit, “Minions.”
With its weekend tally, “Inside Out” has now garnered $245.9 million in domestic revenue, according to Rentrak. Its worldwide sales total $363.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo, another industry researcher.
The film is about the battling emotions inside a young girl’s mind and features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling.
“Jurassic World” also continues to pull in fans with its dinosaurs brought to life. In theaters since June 12, the film from Comcast Corp.’s studio division has produced domestic revenue of $556.5 million and is the U.S. box office leader this year. It’s also No. 2 worldwide, with revenue of almost $1.4 billion, according to Box Office Mojo
Among the new releases, “Terminator Genisys,” from Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, produced weekend sales of $27 million and $42.5 million in total since opening on Wednesday, Rentrak said, while “Magic Mike XXL” generated $12.9 million.
“Terminator Genisys” is a reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger cyborg series. It 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.
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” cost $155 million to produce, making the modest domestic opening a disappointment. International ticket sales are likely to determine whether the filmmakers recoup their their investment.
“Magic Mike XXL,” the male-stripper sequel from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros., landed in fourth place for the weekend and has produced $27.9 million in domestic sales since its Wednesday debut.
The 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.”
BoxOffice.com was forecasting $29 million from Friday to Sunday and a cumulative $48.5 million opening including the early-week showings.
Weekend sales for the top 10 films surged 10 percent to $127 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 to July 5.
Rev. Pct. Avg./ Total Movie (mln) Chg. Theaters Theater (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 Inside Out $29.8 -43 4,158 $7,160 $245.9 3 2 Jurassic World 29.2 -46 3,737 7,825 556.5 4 3 Terminator 27.0 -- 3,758 7,190 42.5 1 4 Magic Mike XXL 12.9 -- 3,355 3,832 27.9 1 5 Ted 2 11.2 -67 3,448 3,240 58.5 2 6 Max 6.6 -46 2,870 2,306 25.4 2 7 Spy 5.1 -35 2,387 2,152 97.5 5 8 San Andreas 2.8 -48 1,672 1,689 147.2 6 9 Me And Earl 1.2 26 870 1,433 3.9 4 10 Dope 1.1 -60 863 1,296 14.1 3
Top 10 Films GrossesThis Week Year Ago Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $127.0 $115.3 +10
Year-to-date Revenue2015 2014 YTD YTD Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $5,774 $5,402 +6.9 Source: Rentrak Corp.