Friday’s box office take showed two holdover smashes “Inside Out” (Buena Vista) and “Jurassic World” (Universal) in a near tie (respectively $14,990,000 and 14,700,000). With both films’ strong matinee appeal, either could take top spot for the weekend, with the “winner” not determined until Monday. At $460 million at just over two weeks in theaters, “Jurassic” is already the top 2015 domestic release, while the latest Pixar hit is just under $150 million on its second Friday.
The two holdovers pushed the newcomers out of contention for top spot. Universal’s “Ted 2,” including its $2.6 million Thursday haul had been expected to at least win the day, if not the weekend. Its actual $13.2 million combined total ended up far short of the first “Ted”‘s $20-million launch, and with sequels tending to be front loaded, the weekend total likely won’t be much more than double this number. After two consecutive stronger than expected smashes, this suggests that the rising tide isn’t lifting all ships.
“Max” (Warner Bros.), the other opener, managed $4,350,000 to take fourth for the day. This military service-dog centered drama is a lower-budgeted production, and could after this initial response show some long-term strength if word of mouth (it earned a strong A Cinemascore grade) kicks in.
The Top Ten totaled $53 million, down from $61 million a year ago when “Transformers: Age of Extinction” debuted. Unless the multiple strong matinee films turn things around, after two weekends that showed strong increases over last year, the otherwise recent pattern of lagging behind 2014 will return.
Two other recent successes managed to drop only about a third or slightly more from last Friday. “Spy” (20th Century Fox) took fifth with $2.1 million. In sixth is “San Andreas” (Warner Bros.) with $1.4 million.
“Dope” (Open Road) took a big drop, placing seventh with $839,000, down over 60%. “Insidious Chapter 3” (Relativity) took eighth with $660,000, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Buena Vista) ninth with $463,000, and “Pitch Perfect 2” (Universal) and “Max Max Fury Road” (Warner Bros.) in a virtual tie for tenth around $445,000.