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Pre-Holiday Box Office: ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Terminator’ and ‘Magic Mike’ Close, ‘Amy’ Strong

Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Inside Out,' 'Terminator' and 'Magic Mike' Close, 'Amy' Strong

The two days leading into the Independence Day weekend showed four films grossing $12 million or better for their combined totals. But the orders are different on each day, and given the two-day totals, the three-day weekend ahead is up for grabs.
The order for Wednesday/Thursday combined shows “Terminator: Genisys” (Paramount) slightly ahead of the pack with $15.4 million ($8.9 for Wednesday, $6.5 on Thursday). Pixar’s Inside Out” (Buena Vista) is just behind at $15.2 million after grossing $7.5 million on Wednesday and $7.7 million on Thursday, taking the top gross by a healthy margin to suggest that it could end up on top for the weekend after previously placing second.

Magic Mike XXL” (Warner Bros.) comes next with $15 million, combining $9.3 million on Wednesday and $5.7 million Thursday, besting the rest on Wednesday but placing fourth Thursday. “Jurassic World” (Universal), after three dominating weeks, fell — but perhaps only briefly — to fourth with $12.9 million, adding $6.0 million and $6.9 million totals Wednesday and Thursday, rising to second best Thursday.

This shuffling isn’t terribly surprising. As first day openers, both “Mike” and “Terminator” got opening day boosts (with Tuesday previews added to the daily total), but both came down to earth for their second full days. Midweek openers inevitably drop their second day (“Terminator” fell 28%, “Mike” 38%). The last time the Fourth” fell on a Friday (2009), the two new films both fell 19%, but the higher figure can be explained at least in part because “previews” have become a bigger factor in recent years. “Mike” had a more intense initial see-it-first appeal among its overwhelmingly female audience, but its A- Cinemascore suggests its initial audience responded well (“Terminator” got a B+).

The holdovers in the two-day Top Ten ranked mostly in the same relative order as last weekend. Fifth is “Ted 2” (Universal), with just over $6 million, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.), which also opened last Friday, landed sixth with $3.2 million. Longer-running “Spy” (20th Century Fox) and “San Andreas” (Warner Bros.) placed seventh and eighth with $2.2 and 1.1 million respectively.

Joining the list, and likely sustaining the position for the weekend as it expands (843 theaters yesterday) is “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight) in ninth with $570,000. Fellow Sundance acquisition “Dope” (Open Road) rounds out the list with $532,000.

The leading specialized openers stuck with normal Friday openings, but A24’s much anticipated Amy” started off with Thursday night shows at its New York and Los Angeles theaters. We are still waiting for a figure, but they report several sell-outs (per their online website, both scheduled shows at Landmark’s New York Sunshine were sold out in advance) and added shows, so it likely was an impressive gross (as per normal industry practice, these will be included in the official Friday number). Friday night seats at the Arclight sold fast.

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