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LOS ANGELES — The North American box office sizzled as Disney and Pixar's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World" duked it out at the multiplexes. After shattering records for domestic and international debuts, "Jurassic World" became only the second film in history to top $100 million in two separate weekends.
The dinosaur sequel nabbed first place with a massive $102 million, pushing its domestic total to $398.2 million. "Jurassic World" has now passed "Jurassic Park" ($357.1 million) as the highest-grossing domestic release in the franchise's history when not adjusted for inflation.
Its dominance ended one of the most remarkable winning streaks in cinema history, putting a period to Pixar's run of first place finishes. Every previous film released by the studio debuted in the top spot on domestic charts.
Not that Disney is complaining. "Inside Out" scored the second best debut ever for Pixar, behind only "Toy Story 3's" $110.3 million opening, and the highest opening weekend ever for an original, non-sequel property, passing "Avatar's" $77 million start. The brainy family film picked up $91 million from 3,946 playdates. That was a significant jump on the $60 million-plus opening that Disney had projected for "Inside Out."
"Inside Out" represented a big gamble for Pixar. It had a concept that defied an easy sales pitch and could have gone soaring over the heads of younger moviegoers. Instead, critics praised the film as ranking alongside such previous Pixar greats as "Up" and "Wall-E."
"There was a critical mass building of people saying 'wow it's so original, it's Pixar doing what Pixar does best,'" said Hollis. "That critical mass tipped over into the consumer mindset."
Analysts argue that the positive response was one of the major reasons "Inside Out," like "Jurassic World" before it, soared past projections.
Final numbers have yet to be calculated, but the overall box office will likely annihilate the figures put up a year ago when "Think Like a Man Too" and "Jersey Boys" opened.
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