Despicable Me 2 leads in the box office and The Lone Ranger trails far behind

On a record-breaking 3-day July 4th weekend, the US box office blazed with $229 million, thanks in part to the July record-breaking opening of the animated movie Despicable Me 2, which debuted to $82.6 million in 3 days and $142.1 million in 5 days, easily taking the lead in the box office. The 3D cartoon replicated its success overseas with $151.1 million, to reach a combined global total of $293.2 million over the holiday weekend. The film has so far made over $293.1 million worldwide, not bad for a picture that was produced for only $76 million.

The news were not as rosy for Johnny Depp’s western, The Lone Ranger, which opened disastrously to only $29.4 million in 3-day and $48.9 million in the 5-day holiday, way below the initial predication of $65 million. The film also bowed in only 4 international market to $24.3 million, for a global total of $73.2 million, a far cry from its $250 million production budget. This is the 3rd summer flop of the year, after White House Down and After Earth.

The film resurrects the iconic character The Lone Ranger, played by Armie Hammer, and his Native American companion Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, as they embark on a journey to fight injustice in the American West.

The female cop comedy The Heat held well on its second weekend with a 3-day total of $25 million, capturing the third spot at the US box office. Internationaly, the film made $6.1 million, to reach a total worldwide total of $92.4. The film tells the story of uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and a feisty cop (Melissa McCarthy), who chase after a drug dealer.

Last weekend’s box office champion, Monsters University dropped to 4th place with 3-day week gross of $18.2 million, reaching a domestic total of $158.7 million. With an international taking of $184.4 million, the 3D cartoon’s worldwide total stands at $400.4 million.

The suprise hit, Brad Pitt’s World War Z continued to draw audiences around the world and landed in the 5th spot in the US with $18.2 million in the 3-Day weekend, to reach a domestic total of $158.7 million. The zombie film’s global gross since release is $366.1 million.


The Heat is hot in the box office, but Monsters University remains at the top

The big story of the weekend was the battle between female comedy The Heat and the action thriller White House Down. Each had been predicted to make $30 million over the weekend. However, the results were quite different: one soared and one flopped.

Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, The Heat, which cost only $43 million to make, opened to $40 million, settling in the second place. It signalled another major win to director Paul Feig, who directed the comedy hit Bridesmaids in 2011.

The film tells the story of uptight FBI agent (Bullock) and a feisty cop (McCarthy), who chase after a drug dealer.

The numbers were not as lofty for the White House Down, which opened no. 4 to a dismal $25.7 million. Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and directed by Roland Emmerich, the film cost $150 million to produce.

3D Animated film Monsters University held to number 1 in the US box office, adding $46.2 million in its second weekend, pushing its domestic total to $171 million. It was ranked number 2 worldwide thanks to an additional $44.2 million overseas, which pushed its international total of $129.3 million and worldwide cume to $300.

The third spot was claimed by Brad Pitt’s World War Z, which continued to impress, grossing $30 million in the US, to reach a domestic cume of $124 million. The Zombie thriller drew a stellar $70.1 million overseas, pushing its international gross to $135.3 million. Worldwide, the film was ranked number 1.

Breaking the $500 million globally, Man of Steel landed in 5th place in the US with $20.8 million in its third weekend, reaching a domestic total of $247 million. It also added $52.2 million overseas, putting it number 3 globally.

Although it hasn’t yet opened in the US, animated movie Despicable Me 2 grossed a massive $41.5 million in only 7 international markets to place number 4 worldwide.

Monsters University leads and World War Z surprises at the US box office

Monsters University topped the US box office

On a record-breaking June weekend, the US box office sizzled with $236 million. Leading the pack was Pixar’s 3D animated prequel Monsters University, which grossed $82 million domestically and $54.6 million internationally. It was the second best opening for a Pixar movie since Toy Story 3 in 2010, and it was the 14th out of 14 Pixar pictures to open number 1. The original, Monsters Inc was released in November 2001 and grossed $560 million worldwide. It also received several Oscar nominations.

The weekend surprise, however, was 3D World War Z, which had been predicted to flop, but instead the zombie pandemic epic  based on Max Brooks’ plague novel stunned with $66 million domestic total, the biggest opening for an original live action film since Avatar, and $46 million from only 30% of the international market, totaling $112 million worldwide. The results were a relief to Paramount studio, which invested over $190 million in the picture. Furthermore, the horror picture’s opening is the biggest for its star, Brad Pitt.

The staggering success of Monsters University and World War Z pushed last weekend’s champion, Man of Steel, to third place in the US, where it drew $41.2 million. But the the Superman reboot is still number 1 worldwide thanks to its lead in the international market where it took $89 million over the weekend. In just 11 days, the tentpole has amassed $188.3 million overseas and $210 domestically, reaching a worldwide total of $398 million.

The 4th spot was claimed by raunchy comedy This Is The End, which added $13 million to its coffers over the weekend, to a total of $57.4 million. Magic-themed thriller Now You See Me followed with $7.8 million, reaching a domestic total of $94.4 million. The picture also had an impressive opening overseas with $40 million. Its worldwide total stands at $134.4 million.