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411 Box Office Report: Inside Out 2 Sets Record With $100 Million Sophomore Weekend

June 23, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Inside Out 2 Image Credit: Disney, Pixar

Inside Out 2 followed up its massive opening weekend with a great second frame, breaking records with a $100 million take. The Pixar animated sequel was down just 35%, an fantastic hold considering its huge opening weekend number. The film earned the highest second-weekend total ever for an animated film, beating Super Mario Bros Movie’s $92.3 million sophomore take. It marks only seventh time ever that a film has scored triple digits in its second weekend, which last happened in 2019 with Avengers: Endgame.

In just 10 days, Inside Out 2 is already the highest-grossing film of 2024 both domestically and worldwide. It has totaled $355.2 million stateside and $724.8 million worldwide, making it Pixar’s biggest film since Toy Story 4 in 2019. At the rate it is moving along, it seems sure to pass $550 million in the US which would make it the studio’s second-highest grossing pic. Does it have a chance at The Incredibles 2’ $608.6 million domestic final? That might be tricky, but time will tell. Even with a $200 million budget, this is a massive hit.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die continued to hold well as it was down just 44% in its third weekend. The action film brought in $18.8 million to push its totals to $146.9 million stateside and $289.1 million worldwide. The movie is now the second-best performer in the Bad Boys franchise and has a shot at surpassing 2020’s Bad Boys For Life, which finished with $204.4 million domestically. It’s another winner for Sony against a $100 million budget.

Coming in at #3 was The Bikeriders, which got off to an expected $10 million start. The outlaw motorcycle club drama was projected to do in the high single digits to low teens heading into the weekend, so its performance is right in the middle of those predictions.

The film, which is based on a photo-book and stars Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, faced the typical issues of opening a drama in the summer season. For one, this is a season dominated by blockbusters; for another, adult-targeted fare just doesn’t deliver massive numbers. But it benefitted from strong reviews with an 81% aggregated average on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience reaction is a bit cooler with a 74% RT audience score and a B CinemaScore, which will neither help nor hurt the film.

Focus Features has a ways to go before they see profit on this film; the studio covered about half of the $30 million budget in addition to the marketing costs. This is the kind of film that will find its profit margin (if any) in home viewing and was probably always planned for such. It added $4 million in limited markets overseas for $14 million to date. Domestically it should finish off with around $25 million to $30 million.

The Garfield Movie is trucking along nicely as it slipped just 24% in its fifth weekend to $3.6 million. The animated family film is already a hit for Sony with $85.1 million domestically and $230.6 million worldwide against a $60 million budget. It is on course for around $95 million by the end of its domestic run, with $100 million not out of the question.

Kingdom Of Planet of the Apes was down 35% in its seventh to add $3.6 million to its coffers. The 20th Century Studios film is now at $164.4 million domestically and $380.7 million worldwide, a hit against a $160 million budget. It seems likely to end its domestic run at around $175 million.

IF stabilized a bit as it fell just 23% in its sixth weekend for a $2.8 million take. The CGI/live action comedy has $106.6 million in the US and $181.3 million worldwide against a budget of $100 million plus marketing. It should get very close to breaking even by the end of its theatrical run and should land at around $115 million domestically.

Russell Crowe is 1 for 2 on demonic horror as The Exorcism opened low with just $2.4 million. The film was Crowe’s second foray into the subgenre after The Pope’s Exorcism and opened at just a fraction of that film’s $9 million opening weekend. It marks the lowest wide release start of the actor’s career, below the $4.2 million start of 2015’s The Water Diviner.

There were a number of problems with this film; most notably, people confused it with The Pope’s Exorcism and/or thought it was the upcoming sequel to that movie. (It’s not.) But it also didn’t help that the movie is in the dumps both critically and in terms of fan reaction; it has a 38% RT average, a 43% RT audience score and a lousy D CinemaScore.

It must be said that The Exorcism was never looking to make its money back in theaters. The film is in a theatrical window of just 18 days before it hits home viewing. There’s no word on its budget, but with an additional $1.6 million overseas for a $4 million worldwide start it’s not going to do much more. A final domestic gross of around $8 million seems likely.

Magnolia Pictures’ Thelma opened at #8, bringing in $2.2 million. The June Squibb-starring action comedy was never going to be a big theatrical hit, but it’s off to an okay start considering it opened in just 1,290 theaters. Thelma is riding the wave of a strong critical response (99% on RT) and a 78% RT audience score. It is likely to end its run at around $8 million, the same range as The Exorcism. Its budget isn’t known.

The Watchers was down 45% in its third weekend to take in $1.7 million, bringing its totals to $17.7 million domestically and $29.9 million worldwide. The horror film is finding some strength overseas as it expands there, but is still looking like it will fall short of profit against its $30 million budget. The film should end up closing out at around $22 million in the US.

The top 10 closed out with Rite Here Rite Now. The concert film from Swedish rock band Ghost delivered nicely, all things considered. Critics have not reviewed the film, but those who saw it have been ecstatic with a 99% RT audience score. This flick will exit the top 10 quickly and no word on its budget, but it’s at $2.4 million domestically and $4.6 million worldwide which is good for a concert film from a band that isn’t a household name.

Next weekend will see Inside Out 2 go up against A Quiet Place: Day One for the top spot. The latter film, a prequel to the hit horror franchise, is looking at around $45 million to $50 million to start. Kevin Costner’s Western epic Horizon: An American Saga is looking at a $10 million to $12 million start.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Inside Out 2 – $100 million ($355.2 million total, $724.8 million WW)
2. Bad Boys: Ride Or Die – $18.8 million ($146.9 million total, $289.1 million WW)
3. The Bikeriders – $10 million ($10 million total, $14 million WW)
4. The Garfield Movie – $3.6 million ($85.1 million total, $230.6 million WW)
5. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – $3.6 million ($164.4 million total, $380.7 million WW)
6. IF – $2.8 million ($106.6 million total, $181.3 million WW)
7. The Exorcism – $2.4 million ($2.4 million total, $4 million WW)
8. Thelma – $2.2 million ($2.2 million total, $2.2 million WW)
9. The Watchers – $1.9 million ($17.7 million total, $29.9 million WW)
10. Rite Here Rite Now – $1.4 million ($2.4 million total, $4.6 million WW)