July 8 2013

Despicable Me 2 Shoots Off Fireworks at the Box Office

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It was a good Fourth of July at the box office this year with a 12 percent increase over last year. Some movies, however, did not partake of the success.

Despicable Me 2 took the weekend easily with $82.5 million, and a total of $142 million over the first five days of its release. Seeing as it had a $76 million dollar budget, expect to see a lot more of this series. With its international take, the film has done a total of $293.1 million globally.

Coming in second was The Lone Ranger with a disastrous $29.4 million, and a five day total of $48.9 million. Globally it has only done $73 million off of its (reported) $215 million dollar budget. This, folks, is bad. Really bad.

Slipping into third place was the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat with $25 million. This brings its domestic total to $86.3 million off of a $43 million dollar budget.

Monsters University ended up in fourth place $19.59 million in its third weekend. Still no word on its budget, but it has taken in $216.1 million domestically, and $400.5 million global total.

Rounding out the top five was World War Z with $18.2 million for a domestic total of $158.7 million.

Outside of the top five, White House Down landed in sixth place with $13.5 million brining its domestic total to $50.4 million off of a $150 million dollar budget. Add in the fact After Earth has obviously bombed, it has not been a good summer for Sony.

Next week’s big releases are Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim.

Curious how I think these new films will do? Check out my third quarter films of 2013 predictions.

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