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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Sequels to 'Despicable Me' and 'Grown Ups' Push Original 'Pacific Rim' to Soft Third

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood July 14, 2013 at 1:25PM

Three reliables led a strong summer weekend box office: sequels, animation and ensemble comedies. "Despicable Me 2" came out on top in a close race, with Adam Sandler and company marking a strong second with "Grown Ups 2" (Sony). Warner Bros.' costly original "Pacific Rim" exceeded its estimates with a still soft $38.3 million and a long way to go to before delivering a profit. Twentieth Century Fox's "The Heat" continued to show strength, moving ahead of both Disney's "The Lone Ranger" and "Monsters University."
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Bullock and McCarthy in 'The Heat'
Bullock and McCarthy in 'The Heat'
4. The Heat (20th Century-Fox) Week 3; Last weekend: #3

$14,000,000 (-43%) in 3,158 theaters (-56); PSA: $4,476; Cumulative: $112,363,000

Holding well with a strong 17-day total, the weekend gross for the first time lags behind "The Bridesmaid" numbers at the same point ($16.6 million its third weekend).

What comes next: This still has a chance to equal "Bridesmaids"' $169 million total.

5. The Lone Ranger (Buena Vista) Week 2; Last weekend: #2

$11,140,000 (-62%) in 3,904 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $2,853; Cumulative: $71,000,000

A big drop from a disappointing opening, with no sign of improvement.

What comes next: International is starting to open, with $48 million in so far, but no signs that this will come close to covering its expense, although the loss might be somewhat less than high estimates.

6. Monsters University (Buena Vista) Week 4; Last weekend: #4

$10,621,000 (-46% in 3,142 theaters (-597); PSA: $3,380; Cumulative: $237,800,000

This is holding well against "Despicable Me 2," though it's doing less than normal for a Pixar film. Worldwide total is now $474 million with some territories still to come, making this another strong Pixar performer.

What comes next: "Turbo" will compete for attention next weekend.

7. World War Z (Paramount) Week 4; Last weekend: #5

$9,430,000 (-49%) in 3,003 theaters (-313); PSA: $3,140; Cumulative: $177,087,000 

"Pacific Rim" clearly cut into this hit film's grosses but with worldwide totals about equal, this looks headed for somewhere around $500 million worldwide before it's through.

What comes next: A couple more top 10 weeks are still possible.

8. White House Down (Sony) Week 3; Last weekend: #6

$6,150,000 (-54%) in 2,566 theaters (-656); PSA: $2,397; Cumulative: $62,963,000

Another significant drop for Sony's underperforming actioner, which is clearly not getting the word of mouth they hoped would make up for its lower than expected openings.

What comes next: This will fall short of the performance for the similar-plotted "Olympus Has Fallen."

9. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend: #8

$5,000,000 (-50%) in 892 theaters (+16); PSA: $5,605; Cumulative: $26,378,000

This fell in half, but already compared to cost and more limited run another success for Lionsgate.

What comes next: This should elevate Hart into leading comedy roles ahead.

10. Man of Steel (Warner Bros.) Week 5; Last weekend: # 7

$4,825,000 (-58%) in 2,150 theaters (-755); PSA: $2,244; Cumulative: $280,935,000

Hard to believe this will be out of the top 10 after only five weeks - -this is holding far less well than most comic-hero reboots.

What comes next: Warner Bros. (post-coproducer Legendary) is planning to continue the series, but this lagging performance likely will figure in how they go about it.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Grown Ups 2, Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.