Early tracking suggests "Jurassic World," which racked up a record-breaking $208.8 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, could add $90 million in its second weekend. The film has also vaulted Universal Pictures to No.1 among studios in ticket sales so far this year.
But that doesn't mean bad news for two other entrants in this week's box-office race. Newcomers "Inside Out" and "Dope" are also looking at strong debuts. They are expected to haul in a combined $74 million, according to early tracking.
"We needed 'Jurassic World,'" said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for research firm Rentrak. "It couldn't have come at a better time.... It turned the summer around."
As of Sunday, the industry box office is up an estimated 4% year-to-date, according to Rentrak.
"Jurassic World," directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring
Pixar's "Inside Out" will probably see a launch of about $64 million, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. If the animated film does not top "Jurassic World" this weekend, it will be the first time a Pixar movie has not debuted at No. 1. The film, which was directed by Pete Docter and lauded by critics at the Cannes Film Festival, is about an 11-year-old Midwestern girl named Riley and the emotions in her head.
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Docter, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, is a beloved figure at Pixar known for being the mastermind behind hits such as "Up." "Inside Out" could attract the underserved demographic craving a strong animated family film.
Comedy-drama "Dope," which was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival this year, is looking at an opening of $7 million to $10 million, a solid amount for a festival pickup. Open Road Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide reportedly acquired the film at the Sundance Film Festival for $7 million.
"Dope" is rolling out in wide release right off the bat, unlike most other independent films. Open Road will release the film on 2,002 screens.
The film, written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, was made with help from producers