Firework champs "Inside Out" and "Jurassic World" beat new entries "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" to all but tie for the holiday weekend crown in their third and fourth weekends, respectively.
On Sunday, Universal had "Jurassic World" winning the weekend with $30.9 million, but final numbers show "Inside Out" topping the holiday chart with $29.8 million. "Jurassic World" came in at $29.2 million for a domestic total of $556.5 million — the fourth-best showing of all time in North America and eclipsing "The Dark Knight" ($534.9 million). "Inside Out" earning $30.1 million for a domestic cume of $245.9 million.
Either way, the duo trounced the two new entries, both of which opened Wednesday and did notably less business than expected. It's never good when the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday, but overall revenue for the weekend was still up narrowly over last year, or by more than 3 percent.
"Terminator: Genisys" — which never expected "Jurassic World" to still be so strong — placed No. 3 with an estimated weekend gross of $28.7 million for a five-day debut of $44.1 million, a poor start that threatens the revival of the storied franchise (two other installments are already dated).
Coming in No. 4 was "Magic Mike XXL" with a $12 million weekend and five-day debut of $27.1 million, compared to the $39.1 million opening of "Magic Mike." The sequel played almost entirely to females, who made up 96 percent of the audience, an unheard of number and compared to 73 percent female for the first film.
"Genisys" clearly has far more at stake, considering its $155 million production budget. Paramount and David Ellison's Skydance partnered on the film, which had hoped to at least hit $55 million in its North American launch. Instead, it has been hampered by poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, although the movie did pick up somewhat as the long holiday wore on.
The good news for "Genisys" is that it is doing well overseas, where it grossed $74 million this weekend from 60 percent of the international marketplace (or 46 territories) for an early foreign total of $85.5 million and global cume of $129.6 million. It has yet to open in major markets including China, Japan, Germany, Italy and Spain, and could ultimately earn $300 million-$400 million overseas, three to four times its domestic take.
"There is no question that the U.S. market got affected by reviews, but through the weekend, we actually played above what people thought we would. And the international numbers are spectacular," said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.
Alan Taylor directed "Genisys," with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as Terminator. He stars opposite Emilia Clarke, who plays John Connor's mother, Sarah, and Jason Clarke, who plays John Connor. Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons co-star. This time out, John Connor sends Kyle Reese (Courtney) back in time to protect his mother, but things soon go awry.
Males made up 62 percent of the audience, while 65 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25.
Warner Bros.' "Magic Mike XXL" had hoped to clear $45 million-$50 million for the five days. The sequel won Wednesday, thanks to female fans rushing out to see the movie, but fell fast after that.
"Magic Mike XXL," the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh's sleeper hit, fared well with critics and even better with moviegoers, who gave it an A- CinemaScore.
The sequel was made this time without Matthew McConaughey, who played an undeniable role in turning Magic Mike into a sleeper hit in summer 2012. But Channing Tatum, himself a popular star and whose early career as a male stripper inspired the film series, did return, alongside Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Gregory Jacobs directed.
"I'm definitely down, but not out. When you have a movie that plays this strongly to women, it should begin over-indexing this week as females settle in after the holiday," said Warner's domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman. "And the film will be profitable, it's just a question of how high we go. The fat lady hasn't sung yet."
Rounding out the top five was "Ted 2," another R-rated comedy sequel that has underwhelmed since debuting last weekend. The film tumbled a steep 67 percent to $11 million for a domestic total of $58.3 million.
Some industry insiders suggest it is difficult to make sequels to a films like "Magic Mike" or "Ted," both of which were unique concepts.
Internationally, "Genisys" knocked "Jurassic World" from the top spot, although the latter still raked in a hearty $42 million from 66 markets for a foreign total of $826.9 million and global haul of $1.385 billion. "Inside Out" took in $18.6 million from only 42 markets for an early foreign cume of $117.3 million and global total of $363.5 million.
Making headlines at the U.S. specialty box office was BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia's documentary "Amy," chronicling the life and death of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. The indie film, launching in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles, opened to $222,015 for a location average of $37,002, one of the top averages of all time for a documentary.
To boot, it scored one of the top openings overall for a doc opening in less than 10 theaters, joining a club that includes "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Capitalism: A Love Story."
A24 films, which is handling "Amy" in the U.S., will expand the film nationwide next weekend.