Even as mother nature heats up the southwest with record breaking heat, Pixar’s “Monster’s University” still was able stay at the top of the box office a second week in row, beating out the debut of the new comedy “The Heat.” “Monster’s University” earned an additional $46.2 million. “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, did very well earning $40 million during its debut weekend – and beating out expectations from Twentieth Century Fox. Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” landed in third place this weekend earning $29.8 million. The debut of “White House Down” place fourth and “Man of Steel” is clinging on to the top five, in fifth place, earning $8.7 million in its third week in theaters.
This coming 4th of July weekend will have early releases of Johnny Depp’s new film “The Lone Ranger,” the animated film “Despicable Me 2” and Steve Carrell’s new film “The Way, Way Back.” I am really hoping for a break-out performance for Armie Hammer in “The Lone Ranger.” He has had some incredible performances and I think this is a great vehicle to put him in starring position. “The Way, Way Back” was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival and is written by the same writing team that wrote the Academy Award-winning film “The Descendants.” So, watch for this film to be a critic’s favorite.
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Pixar’s new animated film “Monster’s University” remained at the box office in first place earning an additional $46.2 million in domestic receipts. The film has now earned a total of $171 million and no doubt will bring in some serious cash during the approaching holiday weekend.
This is the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” and tells the story of the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. This first prequel by Pixar stars Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.
“Monster’s University” is rated G and has a run-time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
“The Heat” debuted at second place this weekend, exciting its distributor Twentieth Century Fox – beating its predicted debut take. It earned an impressive $40 million.
In “The Heat”, an uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Demián Bichir.
“The Heat” is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence and has a run-time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.
“World War Z”
The science fiction flick “World War Z” dropped from second to third place at the box office this weekend, earning $29.8 million. In its second week in theaters the film has grossed a total of $124 million in domestic receipts – still quite a bit less than its budget of $200 million. Perhaps with a brisk holiday business at the movies “World War Z” will bring in enough cash to break even. Once international sales are added to the mix, Paramount will be fine, but it shows that Brad Pitts selling power may not be as big as they had anticipated.
“World War Z” is very loosely based on a novel with the same name. Basically the only thing the same is the title. It tells the story of United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Daniella Kertesz.
“World War Z” is rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images and has a run-time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.
“White House Down”
Channing Tatum’s new film “White House Down” debuted in an unimpressive fourth place earning $25.7 million. This action thriller had a massive budget of $150 million and most likely this is a disappointment to Columbia Pictures.
In “White House Down,” while on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
“White House Down” is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image and has a run-time of 2 hours and 11 minutes.
“Man of Steel”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Man of Steel” placed fifth in its third week in theaters. The film earned an additional $20.8 million and has already earned over $249 million in domestic receipts.
This Superman reboot is the story of a young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
“Man of Steel” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 23 minutes.
“This Is the End”
The comedy “This Is the End” took sixth place at the box office during its third week in theaters. This weekend it earned $8.7 million and has grossed a total of $74.7 million in domestic receipts.
In “This Is the End,” while attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
“This Is the End” is rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence and has a run-time of 1 hour and 47 minutes.
“Now You See Me”
Summit Entertainment’s “Now You See Me” fell to seventh place during its fifth week in theaters. It earned an additional $5.5 million and has earned a total of $105 million in the U.S. and Canada.
In “Now You See Me,” an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman.
“Now You See Me” is rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content and has a run-time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.
“Fast & Furious 6”
Universal Pictures “Fast & Furious 6” came in at eighth place at the box office this weekend earning $2.41 million during its sixth place at theaters. This action film has earned a total of $233 million in domestic receipts.
In “Fast & Furious 6,” Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson.
“Fast & Furious 6” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” remained in ninth place at the box office during its seventh week in theaters. The film earned $2.04 million this weekend and has earned a total of $221 million for the strong “Star Trek” franchise.
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” after the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and has a run-time of 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Twentieth Century Fox’ new comedy “The Internship” landed in tenth place during its fourth week at theaters. The film earned $1.43 million this weekend and has garnered a total of $41.7 million.
In “The Internship,” two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. The film stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rose Byrne.
“The Internship” is rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language and has a run-time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.