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Weekend Box Office, Monsters University Scares Its Way to #1 For the 2nd Straight Week

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Monsters University remained the number one movie in America for the second week in a row, despite 2 heavy-hitting new releases in The Heat and White House Down.  The animated prequel dropped 44 percent to an estimated $46.2 million for a 10-day total of $171 million.  Assuming that Despicable Me 2 doesn’t soak up all the families next week, Monsters University should easily reach $300 million domestically when it exits theaters.

Bridesmaids director Paul Fieg’s The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy took second with an estimated $40 million.  This marks Bullocks highest opening ever, and more than any of McCarthy’s starring vehicles.  Women accounted for 65% of the audience, and strong word of mouth seems to be overcoming the mediocre reviews.

World War Z dropped 55% in it’s second week, earning an estimated $29.8 million.  It’s $123.7 million haul is on track to pass Mr. and Mrs. Smith ($186.3 million) as Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film.  Yeah I was surprised to find that out too.

Newcomer White House Down stumbled out of the gate to the tune of $25.7 million.  Olympus Has Fallen, with it’s similar premise earned $30.4 million with a much less bankable cast.  It is also well short of what we have grown to expect from a Channing Tatum film.  This could be attributed to Tatum’s main audience (women) going to see The Heat instead.

Rounding out the top five is Man of Steel, which had a dramatic fall last week, eased the free fall and managed to take in $20.8 million more.  It’s $248.7 million domestic total puts it at #2 this year tus far behind Iron Man 3‘s $405.4 million.

Things should get interesting next week when The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 come out.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Monsters University $46,180,000 $171
2.  The Heat $40,000,000 $40
3.  World War Z $29,800,000 $123.7
4.  White House Down $25,700,000 $25.7
5.  Man of Steel $20,820,000 $248.6
6.  This Is The End $8,700,000 $74.6
7.  Now You See Me $5,500,000 $104.6
8.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,410,000 $233.3
9.  Star Trek Into Darkness $2,040,000 $220.5
10.  The Internship $1,425,000 $41.7

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