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Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Reels in Record $3.7 Million Thursday

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 that won’t finish in first. The 3D computer-animated comedy, directed by Pete Docter, features the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling as the emotions on an 11-year-old girl.

Other non-sequel Pixar releases such as “Wall-E” ($63.8 million opening) and “Brave” ($66.3 million opening) have debuted in the forecasted range for “Inside out.”

Open Road’s launch of the comedy-drama “Dope” generated $425,000 in Thursday night showings. The film, which launched at Sundance and played at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight section, will expand to 2,002 locations on Friday and is expected to wind up the weekend in the $10 million range.

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