It's looking like another robust weekend at the summer box office as "Ted 2," "Inside Out" and
The films are tracking to make between $45 million and $55 million, according to people familiar with prerelease audience surveys. Meanwhile, new offering "Max" is looking at a softer launch of $8 million to $12 million.
"Ted 2," from "Family Guy" creator
The first film opened with a strong $54 million in 2012. Universal Pictures, which is releasing the comedy, expects a similar debut for the sequel. Like its predecessor, the R-rated comedy likely will attract largely younger male audiences.
"Max," which was developed, financed and produced by MGM Studios, follows a service dog who returns to the U.S. after suffering a traumatic experience. The film, which is being released by
The film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, follows dinosaur trainer Owen (
It became the second film in history to break $200 million in its opening weekend, following the $207.4-million opening of "The Avengers" in 2012. The film also notched the biggest haul in history for a film in its second weekend, with $106.6 million.
The blockbuster results have helped Universal claim its biggest year at the worldwide box office. The studio said Monday its worldwide box-office grosses have reached $3.8 billion.
However, "Inside Out," another Pixar hit, could take over the No. 1 spot in its sophomore weekend. The Pete Docter-directed film blew past early tracking expectations with a $90-million opening. Only "Toy Story 3," with a $110.3-million debut weekend in 2010, has opened bigger for Disney-owned Pixar.
The film follows an 11-year-old Midwestern girl named Riley who is steered through a life-changing move to San Francisco by the emotions in her head: Joy (voiced by
Lauded by critics at the Cannes Film Festival, the film has a 98% positive rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and an A grade from audience polling firm CinemaScore.
As of Sunday, the box office is up about 6.2% year-to-date as a slew of anticipated films continue to enter the marketplace. The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to bring in moviegoers in droves, with "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" on deck.