Weekend Wrap-Up

Pacific Rim: Down But Not Out

By John Hamann

July 14, 2013

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Sixth is Monsters University, which is performing at a level that The Lone Ranger producers must be drooling over. Now in its fourth weekend, Monsters University earned another $10.6 million and declined 46% compared to last weekend. While no budget data has been released for the Pixar release, one has to assume based on trending that it cost close to $200 million. Still, it will be profitable given its $237.8 million domestic gross, and $236 million overseas take. Look for this one to finish with about $265 minions (I mean million).

Paramount’s World War Z is seventh after four weekends of release. The Brad Pitt starrer earned another $9.4 million as it dropped a hefty 49%. Obviously, the new teen boy films cut into World War Z’s trend this weekend; however, it has now reached $177.1 million at the domestic box office. The zombie thriller cost $190 million to make, but with a worldwide take of almost $425 million, Paramount has to be feeling okay about everything now, and should be prepping a sequel.

Eighth is White House Down, which is Sony’s Lone Ranger. Roland Emmerich’s thriller got taken down again this weekend, as it earns only $6.2 million in weekend three, falling a hurtful 54%. White House Down cost Sony $150 million to make, and it will be lucky to earn half of that at the domestic box office. Currently it has a cume of $63 million, and less than $20 million at overseas theaters so far.


Ninth goes to Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, the wildly successful concert movie released last weekend. After taking in $17 million over the five-day frame last weekend, Lionsgate was over the moon, considering the film cost only $750,000 to make. This weekend, it earns $5 million and drops 50%, but it has a gross to date of $26.4 million, so no one is complaining.

In tenth is Man of Steel, which opened to $116 million five weekends ago and is almost out of the top ten this weekend. Man of Steel earned $4.8 million in its fifth frame, dropping 58%. The Warner Bros. release has now earned $281 million domestically (not great considering the opening and the $225 million budget), but has crossed the $300 million mark overseas.

In limited release this weekend, The Way, Way, Back expanded to 79 theaters and pulled in $1.1 million, giving it a venue average of $14,051. Also, the Weinstein Company opened critical fave Fruitvale Station at seven theatres this weekend, and pulled in a venue average of $54,857.

Overall this weekend, the box office continues to tear up the summer. The top 12 films at the box office this weekend earned a powerful $190.9 million, yards ahead of last year when Ice Age: Continental Drift led the box office to $153.9 million. Next weekend will be very interesting as four new films take over 12,000 screens next weekend, when openers will include Turbo, R.I.P.D, The Conjuring and Red 2.

Top Weekend Box Office for 7/12/13-7/14/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Despicable Me 2 UNIVERSAL $44,753,540 - 46% $229,237,420
2 Grown Ups 2 SONY $42,500,000 New $42,500,000
3 Pacific Rim WARNER BROS. $38,300,000 New $38,300,000
4 The Heat Fox $14,000,000 - 43% $112,363,500
5 The Lone Ranger $11,100,000 - 62% $71,100,000
6 Monsters University Walt Disney Pictures $10,600,000 - 46% $237,800,000
7 World War Z Paramount $9,430,000 - 49% $177,087,000
8 White House Down SONY $6,150,000 - 54% $62,963,000
9 Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lionsgate $5,000,000 - 50% $26,378,309
10 Man of Steel Warner Bros. $4,825,000 - 58% $280,995,000
11 This Is the End SONY $2,950,000 - 50% $91,700,000
12 Now You See Me Lionsgate $1,310,000 - 54% $113,287,702
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Reliance Entertainment $670,000 New $670,000
  Fruitvale Station Weinstein Co. $377,285 New $377,285
  The Hunt Magnolia $40,000 New $40,000
  Killing Season Millennium $25,628 New $25,628
  Crystal Fairy IFC Films $25,000 New $25,000
  Still Mine Samuel Goldwyn $21,000 New $21,000
  Dealin' With Idiots IFC Films $12,000 New $12,000
  Pawn Shop Chronicles Anchor Bay $4,670 New $4,670
  The Way, Way Back FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,110,000 + 101% $1,854,500
  I'm So Excited Sony Classics $109,816 - 22% $473,966
  Unfinished Song Weinstein Co. $248,000 + 2% $793,486
  20 Feet From Stardom Radius/twc $497,378 + 3% $1,770,517
  Fast & Furious 6 UNIVERSAL $535,080 - 50% $236,520,435
  Before Midnight Sony Classics $313,714 - 34% $7,090,383
  Star Trek: Into Darkness PARAMOUNT $690,000 - 47% $224,364,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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