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‘Inside Out 2’ Earns $13M in Previews, Eyes $100M Domestic Opening

‘Inside Out 2’ Earns $13M in Previews, Eyes $100M Domestic Opening

Inside Out 2 has started off its domestic box office run with a joyful $13 million in previews, well ahead of expectations and putting the movie on course to become the first title of 2024 to clear $100 million in its debut.

Pixar‘s animated tentpole is also whipping up excitement overseas, where it began rolling out midweek.

On Thursday, Hollywood’s leading tracking service the National Research Group upped its domestic opening forecast for Inside Out 2 from $85 million to $90 million. Tracking has been notoriously off this year, and especially this summer, so the decision to go out with a higher number was significant.

The forecast has increased even more based on Thursday’s preview number, which is the best of the year to date.

Inside Out 2 is a needed boost for Pixar, which has endured several years of strife, including when the former Disney regime decided to send a trio of Pixar films straight to streaming.

The movie is earning glowing reviews, and is presently among the five best-rated Pixar films on Rotten Tomatoes with a critics’ score of 93 percent. Directed by Kelsey Mann, the sequel introduces a whole new cast of emotions who are brought into “head”-quarters when the story’s young heroine, Riley, becomes a teenager.

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