Weekend Box Office – Audiences are true to Gru

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Movies

Despicable Me 2 may not be the greatest animated film ever but it sure is making money like it is.  Last week, during its opening weekend, audiences flocked to see (marking it as one of the highest grossing animated sequels of all time) to the tune of nearly $150M.  In its second week, it’s over the $200M domestic mark.  The Steve Carrell backed animated film made $44.7M this weekend to remain on top.  It is Universal’s highest grossing animated film ever.  The studio is enjoying a rather big money summer with both Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 banking well over $500M domestically between the two.

Second at the box office this weekend was the unfunny sequel, Grown Ups 2, starring Adam Sandler and the gang.  The good news about this is that it didn’t make nearly enough money to make back its budget, although it eventually will.  The good news is that hopefully the studio behind the film – Sony/Columbia Pictures – realize that not everyone wants to see Sandler and Co. crack stupid jokes while getting pee’d on by a moose.  The film made $42.5M this weekend, but had a budget of $80M.

Third this weekend was the big budget, high action robot vs. monster flop Pacific Rim.  The Guillermo del Toro directed mega film made just enough money – $38.3M – to give us hope that the film will hopefully make back a good chunk of its budget to give us a sequel.

Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend was the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy The Heat and Disney’s disappointing western The Lone Ranger.  The film’s pulled in $14M and $11M respectively.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Despicable Me 2 – $44.7 ($229.2)

2) Grown Ups 2 – $42.5 (NEW)

3) Pacific Rim – $38.3 (NEW)

4) The Heat – $14 ($112.3)

5) The Lone Ranger – $11.1 ($71.1)

6) Monsters University – $10.6 ($237.7)

7) World War Z – $9.4 ($177)

8) White House Down – $6.1 ($62.9)

9) Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain – $5 ($26.3)

10) Man of Steel- $4.8 ($280.9)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

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