The action thriller “White House Down” (starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) and the cop comedy “The Heat” (starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) were both released in U.S. and Canadian theaters on June 28, 3013. And based on early ticket sales, “The Heat” is coming out ahead in this battle at the box office, according to a report published by The Wrap on June 27, 2013.
Fandango also reports that ticket sales for “The Heat” are surpassing ticket sales for “White House Down.” According to Fandango, “The Heat” is shaping up to be such a big hit that its first-weekend sales are expected to be about 50 percent higher than the first-weekend sales for blockbuster comedies “Bridesmaids” and “Identity Thief,” which both starred McCarthy.
In addition, “The Heat” is getting a better response from movie critics than “White House Down.” Rotten Tomatoes, a website that compiles reviews from movie critics. “The Heat” currently has a 64% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 49 percent approval rating for “White House Down.”
According to The Wrap, the animated comedy “Monsters University” (which was released in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on June 21, 2013) is likely to hold on to the No. 1 spot for ticket sales by the end of June 30, 2013.
Based on numerous comments made on the Internet, the main reason why people say they don’t want to see “White House Down” is because they think it’s too similar to “Olympus Has Fallen,” another movie about the White House taken hostage by terrorists “Olympus Has Fallen” was released in March 2013, and many people think the release of “White House Down” was too soon after “Olympus Has Fallen” was released.
Other people are saying they don’t want to see “White House Down” because they heard that it’s been getting bad reviews or they’re just not fans of Tatum and Foxx. Some people have said that they are turned off by Foxx playing the President of the United States because Foxx in real life has made racist comments about white people, and they say they won’t support Foxx’s movies because of these comments.
June 30, 2013: According to Rentrak, here are Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada and their estimated box-office totals for the weekend ending June 30, 2013:
- “Monsters University” — $46.2 million
- “The Heat” — $40 million
- “World War Z” — $29.8 million
- “White House Down” — $25.7 million
- “Man of Steel” — $20.8 million