Saturday, April 13, 2024

Pixar’s “Inside Out” Highest Opening Weekend Ever for a Totally Original Movie– Not Based on Anything or a Sequel


A few weeks ago, everyone was complaining that “Tomorrowland” failed because it was original. Hah!

Pixar’s “Inside Out” is now the highest opening weekend ever- $92 million– for a totally original movie not based on anything or a sequel. It’s not from a comic book, and it’s the second, third, or fourth installment of anything. Isn’t it kind of sad that the entire list of opening weekend records is devoted to those movies?

“Inside Out” is 41st on the list of all time opening weekends including all of those sequels.

This is quite an achievement, and also because the movie is terrific and could be a Best Picture nominee. If you’ve seen it, and by now a lot of people have, you know it.

Meanwhile “Jurassic World,” not original but another excellent studio film, made $102 million this weekend and finished at number 1. It fell just a notch short of $400 million total, but will cross that line tomorrow.

As I wrote yesterday “Love & Mercy,” the Beach Boys movie, expanded by 220 theaters and made less money than it did last week. That party is over. Wouldn’t be nice if Roadside Attractions knew how to market a movie? I hate to say ‘I Told you so.’

“Cinderella” crosses the $200 million mark tomorrow. Disney is having quite the year with “Cinderella,” “Age of Ultron,” and “Inside Out.” “Tomorrowland” is just an aberration, although it’s still possible it will make $100 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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