Inside Out 2 Dominates Box Office, Poised to Hit $1 Billion

Inside Out 2 Dominates Box Office, Poised to Hit $1 Billion

Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” continues to dominate the box office in its third weekend, firmly establishing itself as the biggest film of 2024.

The blockbuster sequel raked in $17 million domestically on Friday, setting the stage for an impressive $60 million weekend finish in North America, and bringing its global earnings tantalizingly close to the $1 billion mark.

The film entered the weekend with $863 million in total receipts, surpassing the $858.8 million grossed by the original “Inside Out” in 2015. Achieving $900 million globally by Friday, the sequel’s suggests it will likely cross the $1 billion threshold by Sunday or Monday at the latest.

This milestone is a significant triumph for Pixar and theaters, especially in a year that has struggled to match even the mixed box office results of 2023. As of this weekend, 2024’s box office is down 21% compared to the previous year, which itself was 21% lower than pre-Covid levels.

With few potential blockbusters on the horizon for the summer, the success of “Inside Out 2” provides a much-needed boost, although it doesn’t signal a full recovery for the theatrical industry.

In other box office news, “A Quiet Place: Day One” emerges as the main contender to “Inside Out 2’s” reign, aiming for a $50-55 million weekend. The horror sequel posted an impressive $20 million on its first day, the best opening day for the franchise.

Reviews have been favorable, with an 84% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81% “fresh” score from Top Critics. However, audience reactions are mixed, as evidenced by a B+ grade on Cinemascore, which can sometimes indicate uncertain long-term performance.

Despite these mixed signals, “A Quiet Place: Day One” could pose a challenge to “Inside Out 2” in a close race for the weekend’s top spot. Yet, given the strong word of mouth and robust earnings of Pixar’s latest hit, it seems unlikely that the horror sequel will dethrone it just yet.

For now, “Inside Out 2” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, solidifying its status as a box office behemoth and a bright spot in a year of otherwise tepid theatrical performance. The industry watches closely to see if this momentum can inspire a broader recovery for cinemas in the months ahead.