As we suspected, Universal leapfrogged over both Warner Bros and Disney to take sole possession of first place in the 2015 domestic market share standings. Jurassic World overachieved at the box office — it is on course to recoup its costs this week and becomes the fourth Universal film to earn back its money within 30 days of release, with the others being Fifty Shades Of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. That is the recipe for a helluva year at Universal.
Disney might have something to say about this, as it releases the spectacularly well-reviewed Pixar film Inside Out this Friday, followed by the family film Max. Universal will expect its dinosaurs to continue roaring, and then it opens Ted 2 on June 26 and Minions on July 10. Warner Bros, which already has released 18 films this year, doesn’t really get an opportunity to claw back into contention until July 1 with the Channing Tatum starrer Magic Mike XXL.
It really is looking like Universal has a great chance to win this thing, but we just saw how a proven and beloved franchise can perform, and Disney sure has one of those with Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, which opens December 18.
UniversalTitles 10Gross $1.044B21.53%Market Share
Warner BrosTitles 18Gross $966.6M19.93%Market Share
DisneyTitles 10Gross $884.2M18.23%Market Share
FoxTitles 25Gross $692.6M14.28%Market Share
ParamountTitles 7Gross $276.6M5.70%Market Share
LionsgateTitles 9Gross $246.0M5.07%Market Share
SonyTitles 8Gross $216.0M4.45%Market Share
Weinstein CoTitles 6Gross $188.8M3.89%Market Share
RelativityTitles 6Gross $74.2M1.53%Market Share
Focus FeaturesTitles 4Gross $51.5M1.06%Market Share
2015 DOMESTIC GROSS TO DATE: $4.85B (+4.0%)
Data from January 1-June 14, 2015