June 22, 2015 8:16 am

‘Jurassic World’ beats ‘Inside Out’ to top weekend box office

A scene from 'Jurassic World.'

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NEW YORK — In a box-office bout of Tyrannosaurus-sized proportions, Jurassic World kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while Pixar’s Inside Out nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut well above expectations.

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Jurassic World took in $102 million in theatres in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday, making it only the second release to break $100 million in its second week. The enormous holdover for Jurassic World, which last week set an opening weekend record with $208.8 million, has been bested by only 2012’s The Avengers, which made $103.1 million in second week.

The unexpected sensation of the Colin Trevorrow-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced fourth entry in the franchise had turned Inside Out into an underdog expected to merely nip at the heels of Jurassic World. But the emotional Inside Out, about the voices in the head of an 11-year-old girl, blew past its own forecasts to set records, too.

Inside Out was the first Pixar release not to open in first place, following an unparalleled two-decade streak of 14 straight No. 1s. But it’s the largest opening for a wholly original movie (one not based on source material or a sequel), unseating Avatar in that distinction. Directed by Pete Docter (Up) and co-directed by Ronaldo del Carmen, Inside Out had been expected to open in the range of previous Pixar non-sequels like Wall-E ($63.8 million opening) and Brave ($66.3 million).

 

The other wide release to open was Dope, a low-budget teen comedy set in Los Angeles’ Inglewood neighborhood. It took in only $6 million.

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