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Weekend Box Office Report: June 28-30, 2013

Jun. 30, 2013by: Dave Davis

Monsters are feeling The Heat!

In its second weekend, Pixar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY scared up enough business to retain the #1 position, taking in an additional $46.1 million!

The prequel, offering a glimpse at the early scream curriculum of MONSTERS, INC stars Mike and Sully, dropped just 44% from its opening weekend, and has already collected $171 million domestically and crossed $300 million worldwide.

But chomping at Sully's fuzzy heels were Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy with their R-rated buddy-cop comedy THE HEAT, in a close second with an impressive $40 million.

Looking at the ingredients, an opening that size shouldn't be too shocking -- Bullock's last major release THE BLIND SIDE pulled in $255.9M, director Paul Feig's BRIDESMAIDS went on to $169.1M, and McCarthy started the year with the R-rated hit IDENTITY THIEF, which made $134.5M. The movie also generated a strong 'A-' CinemaScore, and since it effectively made back its budget in three days, it's no surprise that a sequel is already in the works.

As the ladies got all that attention with THE HEAT, tanktop-wearing hero Channing Tatum got burned -- the expensive new actioner WHITE HOUSE DOWN got shoved down to fourth place with $25.7 million. Tatum's good fortune from last year (MAGIC MIKE, 21 JUMP STREET and THE VOW all crossed $100M) obviously didn't carry into Summer 2013, and even President Jamie Foxx couldn't assist despite the $162.8M total of his recent DJANGO UNCHAINED. Additionally, March's similarly themed OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (which opened to $30.3M and nearly hit $100M) may have also knocked the wind out C-Tates.

That's also a weak start for a movie by blockbuster director/demolitionist Roland Emmerich -- even his star-free prehistoric epic 10,000 BC had a bigger opening ($35.8M). Still, WHITE HOUSE DOWN was graded with a solid 'A-' CinemaScore from paying crowds, and Emmerich's movies tend to strike it rich internationally (nearly 80% of disaster flick 2012's $769M worldwide total came from overseas), but right now the $150+ million production cost might seem like a risky investment.

Globetrotting zombie-fighter Brad Pitt held his ground in third place with $29.8 million for WORLD WAR Z, a not-too-frightening drop of 55% from its first weekend. The undead pandemic has already hit $259 million worldwide, so star/producer Pitt and the filmmakers must be breathing a small sigh of relief that their problematic production is successfully infecting audiences around the planet.

MAN OF STEEL is still flexing in the Top 5 with another $20.8 million (Superman has reached $520 million worldwide), while THIS IS THE END and NOW YOU SEE ME (which crossed the $100M mark this week) continue to be sleeper hits of the summer. FAST & FURIOUS 6, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and THE INTERNSHIP fill up the bottom, while THE PURGE and IRON MAN 3 get pushed from the chart.

Next weekend basically starts on Wednesday to take advantage of the Fourth of July period, with Steve Carell's reformed villain and his minions returning in DESPICABLE ME 2, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp riding the wild west in THE LONE RANGER, and some comedy being performed while standing up in KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN.

Halfway through the summer movie season, what has been your favorite release so far? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Monsters University $46.1 M $171 M
2. The Heat $40 M
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3. World War Z $29.8 M $123.7 M
4. Man of Steel $20.8 M $248.6 M
5. White House Down $25.7 M
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6. This Is the End $8.7 M $74.6 M
7. Now You See Me $5.5 M $104.6 M
8. Fast and Furious 6 $2.4 M $233.3 M
9. Star Trek Into Darkness $2 M $220.5 M
10. The Internship $1.4 M $41.7 M

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6:04PM on 07/01/2013

HAHAHAHAAAA

WHITE HOUSE BOMB!!!
WHITE HOUSE BOMB!!!
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1:06PM on 07/01/2013

Tatum and Fox vs. Bullock and McCarthy film!

Thank you America, you've just added more gasoline to the fire of Bullock and McCarthy thinking they are great and loved actresses, and now they'll also think they're a real hot thing. It was hard enough that Bullock was already an Oscar winning actress for an overrated performance in a overrated film. I think Tatum and Fox should buddy up and fight Bullock and McCarthy in "The Heat vs. Big Bad Motherfuckers: The Movie". Spoiler Alert! McCarthy gets a bullet in her big fat face.
Thank you America, you've just added more gasoline to the fire of Bullock and McCarthy thinking they are great and loved actresses, and now they'll also think they're a real hot thing. It was hard enough that Bullock was already an Oscar winning actress for an overrated performance in a overrated film. I think Tatum and Fox should buddy up and fight Bullock and McCarthy in "The Heat vs. Big Bad Motherfuckers: The Movie". Spoiler Alert! McCarthy gets a bullet in her big fat face.
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8:55AM on 07/01/2013

Go see WHD

I like Rolland Emmerich movies, but I will admit that the one thing missing from all of his recent works was a bit of light-heartedness. While his biggest hit, ID4, tackled a serious subject matter it did with some humor and fun for the audience thrown in. WHD does the same and you always feel, even if there are some eye-roll worthy moments, that it was the director's intention for the audience to have a good time at the movies.
I like Rolland Emmerich movies, but I will admit that the one thing missing from all of his recent works was a bit of light-heartedness. While his biggest hit, ID4, tackled a serious subject matter it did with some humor and fun for the audience thrown in. WHD does the same and you always feel, even if there are some eye-roll worthy moments, that it was the director's intention for the audience to have a good time at the movies.
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10:07PM on 06/30/2013
White House Down was really fun. I guess I was expecting it to do better, but I think Olympus Has Fallen coming out first might have something to do with that. If I recall correctly, Olympus Has Fallen did pretty good numbers when it was released. I guess White House Down had more box office competition and had to make up for a bigger budget. But of the two "Attack on 1600 Penn" movies, I had more fun with WHD.
White House Down was really fun. I guess I was expecting it to do better, but I think Olympus Has Fallen coming out first might have something to do with that. If I recall correctly, Olympus Has Fallen did pretty good numbers when it was released. I guess White House Down had more box office competition and had to make up for a bigger budget. But of the two "Attack on 1600 Penn" movies, I had more fun with WHD.
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10:36PM on 06/30/2013
They can make a good double feature on DVD.
They can make a good double feature on DVD.
9:17PM on 06/30/2013
Considering the positive reviews I thought White House Down would make much more. Hoping to finally check out Man Of Steel this week.

I really think it's Sandra Bullock that made The Heat gross that much, not so much McCarthy or even the director.
Considering the positive reviews I thought White House Down would make much more. Hoping to finally check out Man Of Steel this week.

I really think it's Sandra Bullock that made The Heat gross that much, not so much McCarthy or even the director.
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6:35PM on 06/30/2013
:/ The Heat 2 is going to come soon now. Pixar is already on the right track to making original films. The next PIxar film better beat The Heat 2.
:/ The Heat 2 is going to come soon now. Pixar is already on the right track to making original films. The next PIxar film better beat The Heat 2.
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5:00PM on 06/30/2013
Going to see 'The Heat' this week. I know its by-the-numbers in terms of plot, but I know I will enjoy it. I don't need a comedy to be earth-shatteringly original or oscar worthy, as long as its funny.
Going to see 'The Heat' this week. I know its by-the-numbers in terms of plot, but I know I will enjoy it. I don't need a comedy to be earth-shatteringly original or oscar worthy, as long as its funny.
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4:42PM on 06/30/2013

Man Of Steel not flying very high

So, Man Of Steel is still making money because some people are actually seeing it 3, 4 or even 5 times? That's how the Dark Knight trilogy made so much money... But still, MoS is not flying very high, not even internationally..
So, Man Of Steel is still making money because some people are actually seeing it 3, 4 or even 5 times? That's how the Dark Knight trilogy made so much money... But still, MoS is not flying very high, not even internationally..
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3:48PM on 06/30/2013
Decided to see Man of Steel again for the third time. Easily the film of the summer and year. It gets better with each viewing.

Still may go see it one more time. Perhaps twice more.
Decided to see Man of Steel again for the third time. Easily the film of the summer and year. It gets better with each viewing.

Still may go see it one more time. Perhaps twice more.
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5:10PM on 06/30/2013
Jezuz. You're an animal, dude. I'd at least wait till it hit that dollar theater.
Jezuz. You're an animal, dude. I'd at least wait till it hit that dollar theater.
9:15PM on 06/30/2013
so what's it like to have no life?
so what's it like to have no life?
9:39PM on 06/30/2013
@ Scorpio77 why are you being such an asshole to him? He likes to see movies big deal, doesn't mean he doesn't have a life.
@ Scorpio77 why are you being such an asshole to him? He likes to see movies big deal, doesn't mean he doesn't have a life.
10:14PM on 06/30/2013
Scorpio77...you mad? And Thunderstorm, thanks. Appreciate it.
Scorpio77...you mad? And Thunderstorm, thanks. Appreciate it.
10:16PM on 06/30/2013
not mad at all
not mad at all
3:19PM on 06/30/2013

Let's look at the bright side

At least Channing Tatum can say he has 2 films in the top 10 this week :D
At least Channing Tatum can say he has 2 films in the top 10 this week :D
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2:59PM on 06/30/2013
Good for Monsters University, I really enjoyed it. I am glad about White House Down though Channing Tatum isn't bad and neither is Roland Emmerich when he is making films like ID4, but fuck Jamie Foxx I can't stand that racist. Its nice to see that Now You See me is making decent money still definitely a surprise of the summer and it is well deserved because it is a very enjoyable film.
Good for Monsters University, I really enjoyed it. I am glad about White House Down though Channing Tatum isn't bad and neither is Roland Emmerich when he is making films like ID4, but fuck Jamie Foxx I can't stand that racist. Its nice to see that Now You See me is making decent money still definitely a surprise of the summer and it is well deserved because it is a very enjoyable film.
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2:46PM on 06/30/2013
25.7M?!... hahaha... Wow!.. For a minute, I thought I was living in some alternate universe where everyone loves Channing Tatum and thinks he's such a great actor. It's reassuring to see I'm still in the right place. ....And good job to The Heat, another R rated flick doing well. Speaking of R rated, Olympus Has Fallen was R and made more than White House Down.
25.7M?!... hahaha... Wow!.. For a minute, I thought I was living in some alternate universe where everyone loves Channing Tatum and thinks he's such a great actor. It's reassuring to see I'm still in the right place. ....And good job to The Heat, another R rated flick doing well. Speaking of R rated, Olympus Has Fallen was R and made more than White House Down.
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7:42PM on 06/30/2013
umadbro? The overwhelming majority on this planet don't look at Tatum as a great actor. He seems very well liked, and I'd say he's been solid in many of the roles he's played, but he certainly doesn't carry the box office draw of other bigger actors. Few people are going to go see any movie just because Tatum is a main player.

Not to mention, I don't get the appeal of White House Down at all with so many better options playing at theaters this summer.
umadbro? The overwhelming majority on this planet don't look at Tatum as a great actor. He seems very well liked, and I'd say he's been solid in many of the roles he's played, but he certainly doesn't carry the box office draw of other bigger actors. Few people are going to go see any movie just because Tatum is a main player.

Not to mention, I don't get the appeal of White House Down at all with so many better options playing at theaters this summer.
8:03PM on 06/30/2013
Channing Tatum is a terrible actor. He's likeable though. I'll give him that.
Channing Tatum is a terrible actor. He's likeable though. I'll give him that.
5:00AM on 07/01/2013
Instannis, of course I know most folks on this planet don't think he's a great actor, that's why I said "It's reassuring to see I'm still in the right place." So to answer your question, no I am not mad, I'm very hip to this news.

Worthystevens, I agree Tatum is a bad actor.
Instannis, of course I know most folks on this planet don't think he's a great actor, that's why I said "It's reassuring to see I'm still in the right place." So to answer your question, no I am not mad, I'm very hip to this news.

Worthystevens, I agree Tatum is a bad actor.
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2:40PM on 06/30/2013
Just curious, but when did this article start using the cinemascore rating instead of the tomatometer? Does anyone use the cinemascore rating as reliable info, b/c just about every movie is rated A or B. The tomatometer isn't perfect, but I find it more reliable. For example, After Earth has a "B" using cinemascore but 11% using tomatometer. Based on word of mouth, the latter seems like a more realistic rating.
Just curious, but when did this article start using the cinemascore rating instead of the tomatometer? Does anyone use the cinemascore rating as reliable info, b/c just about every movie is rated A or B. The tomatometer isn't perfect, but I find it more reliable. For example, After Earth has a "B" using cinemascore but 11% using tomatometer. Based on word of mouth, the latter seems like a more realistic rating.
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3:04PM on 06/30/2013
I'd rather take the opinions of a bunch of average people who have seen the movie than the consensus of a bunch of critics who usually have no idea whats fun and whats not anymore. WHD got shit on by most critics, but from the people who have actually seen it, it sounds like a decent way to blow a couple of hours.
I'd rather take the opinions of a bunch of average people who have seen the movie than the consensus of a bunch of critics who usually have no idea whats fun and whats not anymore. WHD got shit on by most critics, but from the people who have actually seen it, it sounds like a decent way to blow a couple of hours.
3:27PM on 06/30/2013
I go back and forth, but really the CinemaScore comes from paying audiences and is the only one that may impact box office in the coming weeks because people seem more inclined to see a movie based on consumer word-of-mouth rather than critics. Rotten Tomatoes only aggregates "professional" reviews and often has little or no effect on box office the first couple of weeks -- movies with pitiful RT scores can still do huge business, while movies with strong RT scores may not perform well at
I go back and forth, but really the CinemaScore comes from paying audiences and is the only one that may impact box office in the coming weeks because people seem more inclined to see a movie based on consumer word-of-mouth rather than critics. Rotten Tomatoes only aggregates "professional" reviews and often has little or no effect on box office the first couple of weeks -- movies with pitiful RT scores can still do huge business, while movies with strong RT scores may not perform well at all.

But yeah, CinemaScore is still pretty dicey, because anything lower than a B+ usually means trouble and big drops.
7:52PM on 06/30/2013
I don't agree with every critics but put all together, they can usually give you a good idea of the quality of a film. Cinemascore on the other hand only ask people willing to pay for a film, so they're more likely to give a good score to the film. If every movie is graded A or B, keeping the score is no use.
I don't agree with every critics but put all together, they can usually give you a good idea of the quality of a film. Cinemascore on the other hand only ask people willing to pay for a film, so they're more likely to give a good score to the film. If every movie is graded A or B, keeping the score is no use.
11:58PM on 06/30/2013
Fair enough. I guess I prefer tomatometer because I feel for me I can trust it more. For example, The Heat might get an A- b/c the people rating the movie and paying to see it are likely into that type of comedy, hence the rating.
Fair enough. I guess I prefer tomatometer because I feel for me I can trust it more. For example, The Heat might get an A- b/c the people rating the movie and paying to see it are likely into that type of comedy, hence the rating.
9:03AM on 07/01/2013
True, but I also think that people who paid for a movie are more likely to give an honest opinion. But it's still an average of all collected grades, so if it's something in the middle (B, B-, C+) then it probably had a bunch of people who liked it and a bunch who hated it. If it's lower than C, not too many people really dug it.

Comparatively, RT is basically just on/off -- did the critic like it or dislike it? There's no gray area to get that positive/negative grade, it's either "bad" or
True, but I also think that people who paid for a movie are more likely to give an honest opinion. But it's still an average of all collected grades, so if it's something in the middle (B, B-, C+) then it probably had a bunch of people who liked it and a bunch who hated it. If it's lower than C, not too many people really dug it.

Comparatively, RT is basically just on/off -- did the critic like it or dislike it? There's no gray area to get that positive/negative grade, it's either "bad" or "good" (the critic determines if it's "rotten" or "fresh", though many of their actual reviews straddle the line).
10:08AM on 07/01/2013
This would be a good topic for an article. I completely agree with anomaly7. While people like to hate the tomatometer, I find it usually quite reliable whether I will appreciate a film or not.
This would be a good topic for an article. I completely agree with anomaly7. While people like to hate the tomatometer, I find it usually quite reliable whether I will appreciate a film or not.
10:15AM on 07/01/2013
I should add that my faith in the tomatometer means that I use it to determine whether a film is worth watching or not. While I may be only a single person and not the general audience, I am an example of the tomatometer having an affect on whether I see a movie or not.
I should add that my faith in the tomatometer means that I use it to determine whether a film is worth watching or not. While I may be only a single person and not the general audience, I am an example of the tomatometer having an affect on whether I see a movie or not.
2:15PM on 06/30/2013
Happy WWZ is hanging tough. Too bad about White House Down, but it just didn't look like anything special. Probably be a solid Redbox choice though.
Happy WWZ is hanging tough. Too bad about White House Down, but it just didn't look like anything special. Probably be a solid Redbox choice though.
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2:33PM on 06/30/2013
pretty accurate, a rental at best
pretty accurate, a rental at best
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