Disney reports that Pixar's Inside Out held onto first place Friday with an estimated $14.99 million, down 56 percent from its opening day last weekend. That brings the strongly received animated pic's domestic total up to $147.81 million through just eight days of release, putting it 39 percent ahead of the pace of Up and 20 percent behind the pace of Toy Story 3. BoxOffice projects a close race for the top spot with Jurassic World this weekend, giving Inside Out the slight advantage with a $50 million weekend.
Speaking of Jurassic World, Universal reports a $14.7 million Friday estimate for the mega blockbuster, putting it down 49.5 percent from last Friday and increasing its domestic haul to $460.5 million. The film is the fastest in history to eclipse the $450 million domestic threshold, doing so in 15 days (besting the first Avengers' 17 days). That also pushes it past Avengers: Age of Ultron to become 2015's top domestic grosser so far, while leap-frogging both that pic and The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million) on the all-time domestic chart where Jurassic World now ranks #7. The franchise revival will next overtake the original Star Wars: A New Hope ($461 million) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($474.5 million) on Saturday. Overall, Jurassic World is pacing more than 10 percent ahead of where the first Avengers stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $49.5 million third weekend, although Universal itself is projecting $50.5 million. Either way, the race between it and Inside Out is too close to confidently call at this point.
Debuting in third place yesterday, Ted 2 pulled $13.2 million -- including Thursday night's $2.6 million start. Unfortunately, that's 36 percent off the opening day of 2012's first flick, and will likely translate to an opening weekend around $34 million (the original debuted to $54.4 million). Early word of mouth also appears to be hindering things: the sequel's Flixster score stands at 75 percent this morning (compared to 22 Jump Street's 91 percent one year ago) while critics have given it a disappointing 46 percent.
Warner Bros. and MGM's Max put up a respectable debut yesterday with $4.35 million. That bests the $2.65 million Wednesday opening of last year's Earth to Echo, a film which similarly targeted families and audiences in more rural areas of the country with its counter-programming to the bigger titles in the market. Max's 76 percent Flixster score is reasonably solid for its genre, although critics haven't taken to it (39 percent). BoxOffice is projecting a $13 million opening frame.
Filling out the top five, Spy added $2.12 million yesterday for a 32 percent Friday-to-Friday drop. Its domestic total is now $82.67 million. BoxOffice projects a $6.9 million weekend.
Meanwhile, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl expanded into 354 locations this weekend, generating $292,000 on Friday for an $825 per-theater average. Its domestic tally stands at $1.156 million so far as the well-reviewed indie flick looks to net around $890,000 this weekend. Its theatrical expansion will continue next week.
Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.