Although Jurassic World may have stolen the top spot at this weekend’s box office, it is safe to say that Inside Out was not a loser by any means. While Jurassic World, armed with Chris Pratt’s charm, franchise status, and killer CGI, raked in $102 million in its second weekend, Inside Out amassed a rather handsome $91.1 million. Both films ended up beating analyst predictions easily, making it a bountiful weekend for Hollywood.
Even though Inside Out placed second for the weekend, a closer look at the numbers can suggest how enormously successful it really was. It had the most successful opening weekend for an original film in Pixar’s history; Toy Story 3 is the only Pixar film that has opened higher, with $110.3 million. Other records that it has claimed include the biggest #2 opening ever (surpassing The Day After Tomorrow’s $68.7 million weekend), and the biggest opening opening for an original film (non-sequel and non-sourced). Such a marvelous debut suggests that Jurassic World and Inside Out eroded on each other’s success very minimally.
Inside Out performed spectacularly on the critical front as well. The critical assembly of Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 98% fresh–a rating enviable by any standards and only achieved before by a handful of films. It easily garnered the adoration of audiences as well, pulling an A in CinemaScore theater exit polls and currently sports a 8.9/10 from audience ratings on IMDb.
One thing is for sure–this isn’t the last that we will be seeing of Inside Out. As seen with the smash hit Frozen, animated films are notorious for their power to keep a strong grip on the box office for unusually long periods of time. It would be no gamble to predict that Inside Out will not stray from the trend.
What do you think about Inside Out‘s box office success? Did you go see it this weekend?
Edited by: Morgan Stradling