Pixar continued to rule at the box office this weekend and two newcomers had wildly different results as Melissa McCarthy’s hot streak continued and audiences seemed to tire of mayhem taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Monsters University was #1 for the second weekend, bringing in $46.2 million, right in line with my $45.6M prediction. With $171M in the bank over 10 days, Pixar has got another massive hit on its hands. It will receive some serious competition this week when Despicable Me 2 hits theaters.
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought in audiences with the female buddy cop comedy The Heat, which earned an estimated $40 million. This is below my generous $44.7M prediction, but its still a great number. McCarthy, in particular, is having a wonderful year with her Identity Thief having raked in the cash during the spring.
The news was not so good for White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The action flick debuted well below expectations with a weak $25.7 million for fourth place, way below my $40.3M prediction. Nobody would have seen it coming months ago, but Down actually debuted lower than Olympus Has Fallen, its plot counterpart which had a $30M opening in the spring. Clearly, moviegoers weren’t excited about this pic and may have felt like they get their fill of White House mayhem earlier this year.
Down‘s subpar performance allowed World War Z to nab the #3 spot. It grossed $29.8 million in its sophomore frame (right in line with my $29.1M prediction). The zombie thriller has grossed a solid $123M in 10 days. In fifth place was Man of Steel with $20.8 million in its third weekend (on par with my $20.2M estimate). The superhero flick has amassed $248 million so far and looks to fly past the $300 million mark.
Stay tuned for predictions for this coming week, as two huge titles enter the marketplace: Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger. I’ll have predictions up for both shortly!