EVEN BEFORE this year’s “Star Wars” movie hits theaters, other films that have George Lucas in their DNA are dominating the box office, leaving records shattered in their large wake.
“Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” thundered through North America to a total of nearly $300-million this weekend, according to Sunday’s studio estimates, kicking off a scorching season as summer officially begins.
Universal’s “Jurassic World” remained the domestic box-office champ its second weekend out by grossing a whopping $102-million — becoming only the second film (after “The Avengers”) to crack $100-million on separate weekends.
“Jurassic World” also ended Pixar’s remarkable winning streak stretching over two decades: Prior to this weekend, every one of Pixar’s 14 films had opened No. 1 at the domestic box office.
Not that Sadness has shown up at the Pixar party. Where one record ends, another begins: Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” had a $91-million opening, the biggest domestic debut in Hollywood history for an original film — that is, one not based on sourced material, or a sequel.
Both “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” have ties, of course, to Industrial Light & Magic, the Northern California company founded by Lucas. Two decades ago, ILM (along with the legendary Stan Winston) began creating the “Jurassic” dinos for Steven Spielberg. And three decades ago, ILM was the founder company that spawned Pixar.
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*(Total not adjusted for inflation, natch.)
* As “Jurassic World” nears $400-million in North American theaters ($398.2-million so far), it has already passed “Jurassic Park” ($357.1-million) as the biggest film in the franchise.
* “Jurassic World” is also hurtling toward the $1-billion mark worldwide. The film sits at $981.3-million in global gross.
* Domestically, “Jurassic World” had the best second weekend ever. “The Avengers,” at $103.1-million, remains the all-time second-week champ.
* “Inside Out” had Pixar’s second-best debut ever, trailing only 2010’s “Toy Story 3” ($110.3-million).
* En route to having the biggest original-film debut ever, “Inside Out” easily outdistanced “Avatar’s” record of $77-million, in 2009.