UPDATE: The dinosaurs are still running wild at the nation’s multiplexes as Universal’“Jurassic World” looks poised to dominate the weekend in its second frame with more than $100 million, according to early Friday estimates.
Meanwhile, Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” is looking likely to finish in the $78 million to $82 million range. The studio had indicated in the mid-afternoon that it expected a weekend in the $65 million to $70 million but revised that upward in mid-evening. Disney-Pixar expects the animated pic to gross $29 million to $32 million on Friday.
“Jurassic World” set a U.S. opening weekend record with $208.8 million, then added $87 million in the four weekdays through Thursday to hit $296 million. The thriller may even challenge the second weekend record of $103 million set by “The Avengers” in 2012 — and it will easily top the second-best number of $77.7 million racked up last month by “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“Jurassic World” will cross the $300 million mark Friday in its eighth day. That will break the record for quickest to hit the milestone, previously held by “The Avengers,” which needed nine days in 2012.
“Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, also scored the biggest global opening last weekend with $524.4 million.
The dino dominance means “Inside Out” will be the first of the 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 of an 11-year-old girl.
“Inside Out” posted a solid $3.7 million in Thursday night preview showings — the best for any animated toon from Disney and Pixar.
Open Road’s launch of the comedy-drama “Dope” generated $425,000 in Thursday night showings and is expanding to 2,002 locations. It’s expected to wind up the weekend with about $10 million.
Fox’s third weekend of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” will battle “Dope” for the third spot with a decline of about 35%. “Spy” has topped $63 million in its first two weeks.