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Inside Out debuts with record $91 million but Jurassic World retains US top spot

Inside Out

Story by Jack Foley

NEW Pixar release Inside Out has scored the top debut ever for an original Pixar animation but it still wasn’t enough to displace Jurassic World from the top of the US box office.

Inside Out took a massive $91 million, surpassing all expectation. In doing so, it can lay claim to enjoying the top opening for any original movie, live-action or otherwise, that isn’t based on sourced material, eclipsing the $77 million debut of Avatar.

From directors Pete Docter (of Up fame) and Ronnie Del Carmen, Inside Out is a unique coming-of-age tale that focuses on five emotions — Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger — as they try to protect a young girl when she is upset by her family’s move to San Francisco. It features the voices of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith.

Commenting on its performance, Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis said: “John Lasseter has said that quality is the best business plan, and the cornerstone of every Pixar release. Quality in this case translated into Inside Out becoming the biggest original opening in the history of the movie business by a stretch.

“It’s so relatable with its characters, so sophisticated, drawing in both adults and families. We knew we had something extraordinary when 9 p.m. shows were selling out.”

When compared to previous Pixar titles, this is how Inside Out did: Toy Story 3 ranks first (with $110 million), followed by the sequel Monsters University ($82.4 million). Among original titles, The Incredibles was the previous best with $70.4 million, followed by Finding Nemo ($70.3 million) and Up ($68.1 million).

However, it was dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic World that continued to rule the box office in its second weekend, hitting $102 million, only narrowly missing out on beating The Avengers ($103 million) to secure the best sophomore weekend taking of all-time.

Globally, the film also took a further $160.5 million from 66 markets to push its foreign total to $583.1 million for a combined world-wide total of $981.3 million, including $161.7 million in China. Jurassic World will therefore become the fastest blockbuster in history to hit $1 billion.

Elsewhere at the US box office, holdover action comedy Spy took $10.5 million to bring its US total to $74.3 million, while disaster epic San Andreas held onto fourth spot with $8.2 million.

Sundance hit Dope, a coming-of-age story from Rick Famuyiwa, took a modest $6 million to land fifth spot.

The combined success of these films meant that revenue at the US box office was up more than 66% on the Father’s Day weekend in 2014, thereby continuing a prosperous year for the cinema.

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