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Yesterday, we reported that Universal's Jurassic World took the top spot at the box office for the fourth week in a row, earning an estimated $30.9 million, just barely beating out Pixar's Inside Out, which took in $30.1 million. Today, Deadline reports that the actual box office figures have Inside Out pulling away with a narrow victory, earning $29.7 million, barely beating Jurassic World's actual tally of $29.4 million. The actual figures have yet to be confirmed, but this means that Inside Out will not be able to break the obscure record of highest-grossing film never to hit #1 at the box office, held by the 2002 indie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which earned $241.3 million without ever claiming the top spot.
Inside Out has taken in $245.8 million since opening on June 19, which currently ranks as the 7th highest Pixar movie of all time. It will most likely pass Monsters Inc., The Incredibles and Monsters University sometime this week, »
As we told you yesterday, the box office projections for first and second place this weekend were very close. They just weren’t close enough to knock Jurassic World out of the top spot. Universal is reporting a third-weekend estimate of $54.2 million for its blockbuster, or a drop of 49%. For those keeping track, that makes this the third weekend in a row that the dinosaurs have ruled the box office – another impressive feat to add to Jurassic World’s giant list of accomplishments. Assuming chart positions do not change when final numbers are released on Monday, why is a third weekend in first place so impressive? It’s an achievement that few films reach during the summer months. That’s because the summer schedule is designed to give big titles a maximum of two weekends to shine before the next potential blockbuster comes up to bat. In the past decade »
- Nicole Pedersen
Just as Inside Out goes deep into the brain of an 11-year-old girl, we’re about to go deep into the background of Pixar’s latest and, some say, greatest adventure.
Inside Out is the result of five years of careful labor under sometimes difficult circumstances. Various story ideas were tried and discarded or reworked and, due to troubles with its neighbour film, The Good Dinosaur, there hasn’t been a Pixar film since 2013’s Monsters University (and not a non-sequel since 2012’s Brave).
It was worth the wait; the movie shows all of the incredible, painstaking craftsmanship Pixar is known for. Despite the simple-seeming idea of figures that represent emotions, the five come across as fully realised people. Each of them is capable of the feelings represented by the others and more. Sadness isn’t always sad just because she’s “sadness,” she’s also sad because no »
- T Campbell
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Both Game of Thrones and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind get the 8-bit treatment and Arnold Schwarzenegger has a "brainstorm" with Jimmy Fallon. If that wasn't enough, we have a breakdown of how to get a job at Pixar and practical female superhero costumes. But first, a fan builds an impressive Batman motorcycle, a couple of well-known Princesses get in a rap battle, and parody legend 'Weird Al' Yankovic gets what he's so long deserved! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The bawdy comedy about a teddy bear who enjoys such simple pleasures as bong rips, cold ones and “Law and Order” marathons will likely earn $50 million when it debuts across 3,441 theaters. That’s in line with the $54 million that the first “Ted” generated when it hit screens in 2012. The sequel cost $85 million to produce and was co-financed by Media Rights Capital. It brings back stars Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg, but cycles in Amanda Seyfried for Mila Kunis.
“Ted 2’s” likely success continues Universal Pictures’ torrid streak at the multiplexes. With the year hovering at midpoint, the studio has already rolled out “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World,” a box office Indominus rex that set »
- Brent Lang
Photo: Disney / Pixar Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the largest opening weekend for an original property, animated, live-action or otherwise, this past weekend and before the film was ever released I had a chance to sit down with director and screenwriter Pete Docter and the film's producer Jonas Rivera to largely discuss the ins and outs of turning this movie from a seedling of an idea Docter had back in 2009 to the feature film audiences are eating up in theaters right now. How does a movie go from merely being a story about the emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl to being the complex, yet simply understood, logic machine Docter and his team of story writers, animators, artists and technical advisors conceivedc What was the thinking behind the fluffy skin of the animated emotionsc How did hand-drawn animation actually help the CG productionc And I have a question about »
- Brad Brevet
After a few underwhelming years with “Monsters University,” “Brave” and “Cars 2,” Pixar returned this past weekend with “Inside Out.” And what a return it was: with $91 million in just three days, the film racked up Pixar’s second best opening ever and its best opening for an original movie. The success has likely been led by the glowing reviews. Oscar buzz is already circulating for Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen’s nearly universally acclaimed film, marking a return to Pixar's glory days. Many fans, including myself, believe "Inside Out" to be among the very best of the studio’s output, but the film isn’t just a great one —it’s also a potentially important one. The film's story follows Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an eleven-year-old girl whose happy, uncomplicated life is thrown into chaos when she leaves her friends behind due to her family moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Box office reporting too often focuses on data and results that have nothing to do with whether or not a movie is a hit or a miss.
One of the great absurdities of this type of coverage is that it is dominated by a horse race mentality that studios both privately ignore and publicly encourage.
The folly of this approach was on full display this weekend when “Jurassic World” “won” the weekend with a $102 million take, edging by “Inside Out,” which had to settle for a measly $91 million. That happens to be the biggest-ever opening for an original film, crushing the $77 million high-water mark set by “Avatar” in 2009.
“‘Inside Out’ would have been number one in any other weekend,” notes Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Being number one is overrated.”
Still, “Jurassic World” gets to »
- Brent Lang
"Inside Out" (Buena Vista) roared out of the gate with a huge $34.2 million start (including Thursday night shows.) It's the second best start ever for a Pixar release, more impressive since it isn't a sequel (it bests "Monsters University" and falls short of only the third "Toy Story"). And it is hardly lacking competition for its family audience. Universal's juggernaut "Jurassic World" added another $29 million yesterday to its all ready huge take (in eight full days already $325 million) for the second spot, likely rising to #1 and one of the best second weekends ever. The mutual strength of both films playing at the same time reaffirms the strong statement that "Jurassic" has already made that summer 2015, despite a mixed start, is delivering on its promise of a rebound after last summer's weakness and an overall slump since this March. Ticket buying is expanding, and these two films suggest both that »
- Tom Brueggemann
The gloves are off, and the box office race between a Pixar tearjerker and a dinosaur-filled monster sequel is heating up. Jurassic World surpassed expectations last weekend to nab the opening weekend record with $208.8 million, but the question then turned to, "how will it hold up?" Quite well, it appears. The Avengers currently holds the record for the biggest-ever second weekend performance with $103.05 million, but Jurassic World has its sights set on breaking it as it pulled in $29 million on Friday. It’s going to be close, but early estimates indicate that it could very possibly surpass that $103.05 million benchmark for the weekend, taking away yet another record from the Marvel blockbuster. But this weekend’s big new release is also exceeding expectations. Riding a wave of critical raves, Inside Out made $34 million on Friday night and is on its way to a massive opening weekend somewhere between $84 and $89 million. »
- Adam Chitwood
The power of emotions proved to be serious competition against the power of velociraptors at the box office last night. Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” exceeded early expectations and made $34 million Friday night, beating “Jurassic World” for the evening on its way to becoming one of Pixar’s biggest openings with $84 to $89 million for the weekend.
Meanwhile, “Jurassic World” is on track for the largest-ever second weekend performance with $29 million on Friday for a total $103 million weekend, according to early estimates, possibly outdoing “The Avengers'” previous record of $103.05 million.
The dino pic, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, has already broken a laundry list of records, including largest opening weekend ($208.8 million), largest international bow ($524.4 million) and quickest film to cross $300 million. Should “Jurassic World” live up to current projections, it will make $400 million domestically by Monday, knocking “Jurassic Park” off its perch as the highest-grossing installment in the series. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Disney is reporting that Pixar's Inside Out took in an estimated $34.2M at 3,946 locations Friday, becoming the second best Pixar opening day after Toy Story 3, which hauled in $41.1M nearly five years ago on June 18th, 2010. That puts Inside Out in the range of $84M to $89M for the weekend, making it Pixar's 2nd largest opening weekend, behind Toy Story 3 with $110.3M and ahead of Monsters University with $82.4M. It's Pixar's best opening for a film that's not a sequel and well ahead of the current holder of that title, The Incredibles, which opened with $70.5M in 2004. It seems likely that Toy Story 3 will retain its title of Pixar's #1 opening weekend film once the Monday actuals are in. The third installment in the beloved Toy Story franchise made $10,216 per theater in its 4,028 venues in 2010. Inside Out's per theater take yesterday was $8,667. With an "A" CinemaScore word-of-mouth »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We want good movies to succeed. So when we hear that Inside Out is off to a strong . even record-breaking . start at the box office, we feel like Amy Poehler.s animated character, Joy. Variety reports that Inside Out earned $3.7 million in the U.S. on Thursday night in early previews, which is a record for the animation giant (as well as for Disney Animation Studios, as a whole). The trade site notes that recent Pixar fare like Monsters University earned $2.6 million, while the Disney animated features Big Hero 6 and even Frozen opened to $1.4M and $1.2M, respectively. And we all know how successful Frozen was during its entire run. The funny thing is, very few analysts expect Inside Out to win the weekend. Colin Trevorrow.s Jurassic World likely will hold on to about 50% of its previous take, meaning that a $100-million weekend for the massive dinosaur sequel »
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Inside Out” has already broken a box office record with $3.7 million in the U.S. in Thursday night showings.
It’s the highest preview total ever for a Pixar or Disney Animation title, far ahead of $2.6 million for “Monsters University,” $1.4 million for “Big Hero 6″ and $1.2 million for “Frozen,” which also launched previews on a Tuesday night.
“Inside Out,” which expands to 3,946 venues on Friday, has received rave reviews. Recent forecasts have pegged the animated pic in the $60 million to $70 million range for the weekend.
Universal’s second frame of “Jurassic World” is expected to dominate the weekend with at least $80 million. The dino thriller set a U.S. opening weekend record with $208.8 million and has added $87 million through Thursday. It may even challenge the second weekend record of $103 million set by “The Avengers” in 2012.
That means “Inside Out” will be the first of 15 Pixar animated features »
- Dave McNary
“Inside Out,” the animated family film set inside the brain of a young girl, brought in $3.7 million at the box office in Thursday night showings for Disney. That’s the best early show performance ever by a Pixar release. The strong showing by “Inside Out” was easily the biggest for a Pixar or Disney Animation release, ahead of the early show numbers of “Monsters University” ($2.6 million), “Big Hero 6” ($1.4 million), “Frozen” ($1.2 million on a Tuesday) and “Wreck It Ralph” ($400,000). Most of those films, and all 14 of Pixar’s previous releases, opened at No. 1 at the domestic box office. But »
- Todd Cunningham
Inside Out, Pixar's animated dive into the mind of an 11-year-old girl, earned a strong $3.7 million Thursday while Dope, the Sundance hit about a geek growing up in a tough neighborhood, earned $425,000 in Thursday night previews. Inside Out, Pixar's first film on the big screen in two years, earned the highest Thursday night take for a Pixar or Disney Animation film ever. By comparison, Monsters University took in $2.6 million while Big Hero 6 earned $1.4 million. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen's well-reviewed film, which centers on the five emotions
- Rebecca Ford
In their past films, Pixar found their way to our hearts. It’s “When She Loved Me.” It’s “Define dancing.” It’s “And I look at you, I’m home.” But with their recent features, Pixar lost their emotional thread. Monsters University is a challenging and funny film, but it doesn’t really pull at the heartstrings when it needs to. Brave has a nice central relationship that feels neutered by meshing wacky hijinks with an earnest mother-daughter story. And Cars 2 only conjures emotions because we’re sad and disappointed that the studio could sink so low. Inside Out is a return to form that alters the formula. Director Pete Docter seizes on the emotions that the studio lost by bringing those emotions to the forefront both literally and figuratively. He has found a story that’s not just universal, but also unique in its telling even among Pixar movies. »
- Matt Goldberg
The following review is from our Cinemacon 2015 coverage Pixar has had a bumpy road of late with some arguably unnecessary (albeit financially successful) sequels (Monsters University, Cars 2) and a ho-hum original entry (Brave), which put the animation giant in the rearview when compared to Disney’s own animated flicks like Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. Thankfully, Pixar has put their... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Jurassic World certainly looks like the sort of film that would be frontloaded, but I'm going to zig when I'm supposed to zag and say it won't be as terrible as the normal blockbuster. My reasons are twofold, first off I think the huge opening was another helpful marketing angle. Everyone has now heard, "Wow, a recordc" and thought to themselves, "Well, maybe I should get some of that." We're really all just lemmings. Second, as it was a two-decade sequel and not on top of the original series I don't think there was all that pent-up fan demand. The ticket sales came from people legitimately wanting a summer escape, not dying to know how their favorite Avenger ended up. So even though I'm calling it at over a 50 percent drop I don't think it will be of the disastrous 60+ variety. My call is a tidy $100 million. Inside Out is our next contender, »
- Laremy Legel
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
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