Unstoppable ‘Inside Out 2’ Shatters Records Again in Second Weekend!

The sequel “Inside Out 2” had a second weekend that was equally as successful as its first.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, the Pixar movie garnered $100 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, breaking a new cinema record for an animated movie in its subsequent release. The previous record for the best second weekend was held by “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which made $92 million. Only six other movies have ever had better second weekends.

In just over a week, “Inside Out 2” has become the highest-grossing film of 2024 so far, earning $724.4 million worldwide, which includes $355.2 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters. This surpasses the worldwide total of $711.8 million earned by “Dune: Part Two.” It’s expected that “Inside Out 2” will reach the $1 billion mark within a week, making it the first film to do so since “Barbie.”

The overwhelming success of “Inside Out 2” took Hollywood by surprise. Before the release of “Inside Out 2,” the movie industry had been experiencing a slump in ticket sales, which were about 40% lower than pre-pandemic levels, according to data from Comscore.

The enormous revenue from “Inside Out 2” is reminiscent of times when $1 billion grosses were more frequent for Walt Disney Co. This is a much-needed success for Pixar, which has been experimenting with direct-to-streaming releases and revising its approach to cater to a wider audience.

Now, with only a 35% drop from its $154 million domestic opening, “Inside Out 2” is on track to compete with “The Incredibles 2” ($1.2 billion) as the highest-grossing Pixar film ever. This might also lead the renowned animation studio to produce more sequels. Among Pixar’s upcoming films is “Toy Story 5,” slated for release in 2026.

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The success of “Inside Out 2” is a much-needed relief for theater owners. However, it also highlights the volatility of the film industry in recent years. Big hits like “Barbie,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and “Top Gun: Maverick” have led to record-breaking ticket sales, but the periods between these blockbuster films have extended. Last month’s Memorial Day ticket sales were the lowest in 30 years.

Some of the downturn in 2024 can be attributed to changes in release schedules caused by last year’s writers’ and actors’ strikes. The biggest new release of the weekend was Jeff Nichols’ motorcycle gang drama “The Bikeriders,” a film originally scheduled to premiere in 2023 but was delayed due to the actors’ strike.

“The Bikeriders,” starring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, and Tom Hardy, exceeded expectations, earning $10 million from 2,642 venues in its opening weekend, enough for third place. The film, which had a production budget of about $35 million, was initially set to be distributed by Disney, but was taken over by New Regency and handed off to Focus Features last fall.

The success of “Inside Out 2” seems to have lifted ticket sales overall. The Sony Pictures’ film “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” continued to perform well in its third week, earning $18.8 million and maintaining its second place. The “Bad Boys” sequel, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has grossed $146.9 million domestically to date.

It was also a profitable weekend for independent films. Magnolia Pictures’ “Thelma,” starring June Squibb, grossed $2.2 million across 1,280 screens, while Searchlight Pictures’ “Kinds of Kindness,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, achieved the highest per-screen average and best overall limited opening of the year, grossing $350,000 at five theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

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Next week, the sci-fi horror prequel “A Quiet Place: Day One” and Kevin Costner’s western epic “Horizon: An American Saga — Chapter 1” will hope to capitalize on some of the success of “Inside Out 2.”

Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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