Pixar’s dominance knows no bounds, or so it would seem, as their latest offering – in its second week – Monsters University, is still number one at the box office. Pulling in nearly $50M this weekend, the animated prequel scared the competition such as The Heat and White House Down. The animated feature has now made $170M domestically and looks primed to cross the $200M mark by at least next weekend if not by the end of July. However, we could see a dip in how much the film makes by the middle of this upcoming week when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger releases.
Second at the box office this weekend was the Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock buddy cop film, The Heat. The comedy debuted with $40M, which is a surprisingly strong debut for a female driven cop comedy. Considering the film only cost $43M to make, it’s a safe bet that Melissa McCarthy is guaranteed to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. All she does is make her films moola.
Third at the cinemaplex was the Brad Pitt zombie-eque flick, World War Z which has struggled in its two weeks since release. The film pulled in nearly $30M this weekend but has only grossed $124M, while costing $190M to make.
Rounding out the top five at the box office was the Roland Emmerich directed, Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx disaster film White House Down (which is poised to become one of the biggest flops this summer) and the Superman film, Man of Steel. The film’s made $27M and $21M respectively.
*As a side note, it appears the Columbia Pictures went ahead and pulled the Will Smith/Jaden Smith picture, After Earth from theaters officially making it one of the biggest flops of recent memory. The movie hasn’t even been out for a month and a half.*
Here is the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Monsters University – $46.1 ($171)
2) The Heat – $40 (NEW)
3) World War Z – $29.8 ($123.7)
4) White House Down – $25.7 (NEW)
5) Man of Steel – $20.8 ($248.6)
6) This is the End – $8.7 ($74.6)
7) Now You See Me – $5.5 ($104.6)
8) Fast & Furious 6 -$2.4 ($233.3)
9) Star Trek Into Darkness – $2 ($220.5)
10) The Internship – $1.4 ($41.7)
Via Box Office Mojo