The heat was on in this weekend's box office, but nothing could top last week's number 1.
Monsters University repeats at number 1 this weekend with $46 million. Pixar's latest was the easy favorite to win the weekend, and only dipped 44% from last weekend. Although the film should stay strong through the July 4th holiday, it has some stiff competition on the horizon in the form of Despicable Me 2.
Not far behind at number 2 is The Heat (read our review) with $40 million. The Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy did very well thanks, in part, to the Bridesmaids connection. For those that might not know, The Heat reteams Bridesmaids director Paul Feig with breakout star McCarthy. In fact, The Heat opened with a higher total than Bridesmaids ($26.2 million).
The Heat is now Sandra Bullock's biggest opening weekend ever, ahead of The Blind Side ($34 million). And it also topped Melissa McCarthy's other 2013 hit, Identity Thief, which opened with $34 million.
In at number 3 is World War Z with $29 million. Although the film dropped 55% from last week, it did surprisingly well up against this weekend's number 4 film (more on that in a bit). Clearly, the stigma associated with reshoots and rewrites didn't affect the general public, as they have been turning out in hordes.
Now at $123 million domestic, it looks like Brad Pitt's zombie-fueled summer blockbuster could become his highest grossing film ever. That distinction currently belongs to Mr. & Mrs. Smith with $186 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $259 million.
Coming in at number 4 is White House Down (read our review) with a disappointing $25.7 million. Overall, it was a series of unfortunate situations for Roland Emmerich's latest, with star Channing Tatum losing most of his female audience to The Heat and a lot of the action crowd opting for World War Z instead.
Not to mention, White House Down is the second White House invasion movie to release this year – the other being Olympus Has Fallen. Although Olympus had a smaller budget and cast, it went on to gross over $160 million worldwide. Had the tables turned, and White House Down released first - or even in the fall like it was originally supposed to - things might have turned out differently.
Man of Steel rounds out the top 5 with $20 million. Zach Snyder's reboot has been coming under fire as of late because of its steep week 2 drop-off, but the film has plenty to boast about now.
With $248 million over three weeks, Man of Steel has passed Oz the Great and Powerful for the title of second highest grossing film of the 2013 (so far) and is the highest grossing entry in the Superman franchise. Not to mention, the film has grossed $520 million worldwide.
In at number 6 is This is the End with $8 million. Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy is now at $74 million in domestic grosses.
Now You See Me is the number 7 film this weekend with $5 million. Louis Leterrier's magic-themed heist film has finally crossed the $100 million mark and is at $104 million in domestic grosses.
Coming in at number 8 is Fast & Furious 6 with $2.4 million. Universal's latest vehicular blockbuster isn't far behind Man of Steel at $233 million domestic, and continues to dominate overseas with $682 million worldwide.
Star Trek Into Darkness is close behind at number 9 with $2.0 million this weekend, and $220 million total. The sequel has also grossed $438 million worldwide.
The Internship just barely beat out Iron Man 3 ($1.40 million) for the number 10 spot with $1.42 million. The Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn comedy just couldn't contend with the summer movie crowd, and will bow out of the top 10 with $41 million domestic.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, June 17th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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