Inside Out 2 Hit $155 Million in U.S. New World Record at the Box Office

Inside Out 2 Hit $155 Million in U.S. New World Record at the Box Office

Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” made an estimated $155 million in its first weekend in the United States, the highest launch for a picture this year and a jolt to the summer box office.

Key Points

  • Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” debuted with an estimated $155 million domestically, the second-highest theatrical opening of an animated film.
  • It is the first film since Warner Bros.’ “Barbie” to top $100 million during its debut.
  • The film is expected to haul in $295 million globally for the weekend.

The film’s excellent showing represents a comeback for Pixar and is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal summer at the box office.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning 2015 smash outperformed expectations, enthralling audiences with a slew of new, lively emotions and the trials of growing up.

The impressive showing represents a box-office comeback for the Disney DIS -0.12% decline red down pointing triangle unit.

Inside Out 2 Breaking Box office Record of 2024

According to Comscore, it was the second-largest domestic opening weekend in Pixar history, trailing only “Incredibles 2,” which grossed $182.7 million in 2018. It was also the second-strongest domestic animated feature opening ever.

Together, let us extend a hearty welcome back to Disney, Pixar, and the summer box office stated Box Office Theory founder and owner Shawn Robbins.”

Following the relaxation of pandemic restrictions and the return of moviegoers to theaters Pixar and Walt Disney Animation both found it difficult to reclaim their positions at the box office.

Parents were conditioned to look for new Disney films on streaming services rather than in theaters even when they did make a comeback to the big screen This was because Disney chose to release a select number of animated features exclusively on Disney+.

Disney’s problems were made worse by the perception among many viewers that the company’s content had become unduly existential and overly focused on social issues that were beyond the purview of young audiences.

Many narratives have been written about the two studios and moviegoing in recent times, so this powerful debut by ‘Inside Out 2’ is a breath of fresh air, Robbins said.

The film is the second-biggest opening weekend ticket seller for the studio and the fifth Pixar project to cross $100 million at its North American premiere trailing only 2018’s “The Incredibles 2,” which made $182.6 million. 12 million individuals according to EntTelligence data, saw the film in theaters.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, states that “this is obviously a big win for theaters.” “It’s an even bigger win for Pixar.”

Due to a dual labor strike that closed film sets for nearly five months last year, pandemic-related production shutdowns have made it impossible for the theater industry to distribute as many films this year. According to Comscore data ticket sales have declined by 26% from 2023 levels and 42% from 2019. The domestic box office stood at $2.8 billion heading into this weekend.

The 2024 box office has struggled to sustain a consistent stream of releases and ticket sales despite some outstanding performances from films including as Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment’s Dune: Part Two Warner Bros and Toho’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, and Universal’s “Kung Fu Panda 4.”

For the first time since 2009, there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe title on the early summer slate this year. These films often have $100 million to $200 million debuts, with 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” grossing a record $357.1 million. Instead, this year, Universal’s “The Fall Guy” grossed $28 million.

According to Comscore’s Dergarabedian, fewer films and blockbusters might reduce the summer box office by up to $800 million compared to 2023 with long-term implications. After all, the important summer period, which spans from the first weekend of May to Labor Day, accounts for roughly 40% of total yearly domestic box sales.

“Inside Out 2” represents a bright point in the industry It had the largest domestic launch of 2024 surpassing “Dune Part Two” with $82.5 million in opening weekend ticket sales.

Does this performance alleviate all concerns about changing customer behavior? Of course not, but it should dispel the myth that Disney or Pixar had permanently lost their financial clout as a result of an overly aggressive streaming approach and undercooked films that combined to erode some of their fans in recent years, Robbins said.

And some big names are coming to round off the summer and the year.

Marvel’s first R-rated film Deadpool and Wolverine is set to hit theaters in July and is predicted to have a solid opening weekend well as a steady stream of ticket sales throughout its run.

Then “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” will be released in early September, followed by “Joker: Folie a Deux” and “Venom: The Last Dance” in October, and “Gladiator II,” “Moana 2,” and “Wicked” in November. December will feature “Kraven the Hunter,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 3,” and “Mufasa: The Lion King.”

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