The film, which cost under $20 million to produce, is performing especially well in the South, the Southeast and the Midwest, according to Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution EVP Jeff Goldstein.
The prequel and third iteration of the “Insidious” supernatural horror films, “Insidious: Chapter 3,” got $2 million in sales for the eighth spot.
Seism thriller “San Andreas” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took home $5.3 million for sixth spot.
Dergarabedian marveled at the consistency of “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out”. That means that domestically, Chris Pratt and his team of raptors have the biggest movie of the year after only three weekends in theaters, beating Avengers: Age of Ultron’s domestic total of $451.2 million.
In the art house scene, Focus World debuted the Kate Winslet historical drama “A small Chaos” on demand and across 83 screens, where it pulled in $186,000. It earned a B-plus rating from audience polling firm CinemaScore.
“This year, a lot of sequels are a bit more challenged, with the possible exception of some of the ones that we’ve had”, said Carpou, noting that Universal’s “Furious 7” and “Pitch flawless 2” buck that trend.
MacFarlane produced the live action/CG-animated sequel alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Jason Clark and John Jacobs. This time around, Ted seeks help from a lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) and a civil rights attorney (Morgan Freeman) so he and his new wife (Jessica Barth) can adopt a child. Males made up almost 60 percent of the audience (hardly a surprise), with a relatively even split among those over and under the age of 25.
Another new film, “Max,” about a boy who adopts an ex-military dog that had served in Afghanistan, opened in fourth place with $12.2 million, despite scathing reviews and a low 38 percent critics’ approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie got an A CinemaScore. Worldwide, the spy spoof, starring Melissa McCarthy, has now earned $195 million. “Inside Out” has now earned just under $185M since it was released in theaters. The doc, about the young boy with cancer who galvanized the nationwide when his wish was to become “Batkid”, grossed $23,000 for a location average of $5,865. Inside Out was destined to hold this weekend despite its expectation-shattering $90.4 million opening frame. The Fox Searchlight title is doing well in art house cinemas, but is finding it hard to compete in commercial theaters. Updated with weekend estimates.