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'Heat' Sizzles, 'White House Down' Disappoints

Robert Pace
July 1, 2013
'Heat' Sizzles, 'White House Down' Disappoints
'Heat' Sizzles, 'White House Down' Disappoints

As moviegoers sought refuge from the summer heat outdoors, The Heat was nevertheless a hot choice at theaters this weekend, pulling in an estimated $40 million domestic in its debut weekend.

The box-office sizzle unfortunately didn't extend to action film White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, which crumbled with a fourth-place finish of $26 million domestic in its first weekend of theatrical release.

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Although The Heat, a comedy featuring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, conquered White House Down in the head-to-head opening-weekend faceoff, it was trumped by Monsters University for the top spot.

In its second weekend, the prequel to the 2002 animated Disney-Pixar film Monsters Inc. raked in over $46 million domestic, increasing its two-week gross total to $169 million.

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Sandwiched between The Heat and White House Down was another second-week film, World War Z, which secured $29.2 million to augment the Brad Pitt apocalyptic action film's domestic total to $123 million.

With Iron Man 3 (11th: $1.4 million, $405.4 million) falling out of the Top 10 for the first time in its nine-week run, Superman flick Man of Steel emerged as the highest-grossing film, improving to $248.3 million with a fifth-place $20.5 million for its third weekend.

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Rounding out the lower half of the box office were mega-franchises Fast & Furious (8th: $2.3 million, $233.2 million) and Star Trek (9th: $1.9 million, $220.3 million), which are both well over the $200-million mark in their sixth and seventh weekends of release, respectively.

Underperforming comedy The Internship occupied the tenth spot with a meager $1.3 million over the weekend. After four weeks, the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson film is over $17 million away from covering its $58-million production budget.

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