'Monsters University' Still #1; 'The Heat' Posts Healthy Debut; 'White House Down' Sluggish Out of the Gate

on June 29, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Disney reports this morning that Pixar's Monsters University held on to the top spot again Friday (as expected). The animated sequel was down just 53 percent from its opening day last week to $14.28 million yesterday. The film's domestic cume now stands at $139.11 million. For the sophomore weekend, BoxOffice is projecting another strong first place finish with $47.6 million.

Fox's The Heat lived up to optimistic expectations. The Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy debuted to an impressive $13.6 million on Friday. That significantly tops the $7.84 million and $11.09 million opening days of Bridesmaids and Identity Thief, respectively. We're projecting a $36.75 opening weekend for The Heat.

Sony's White House Down opened to an underwhelming $9 million in its first day. The pairing of Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx was likely overshadowed by The Heat's own star duo, as well as the glut of action films released this summer. The opening day marks the lowest for a Roland Emmerich-helmed wide release since 2000's The Patriot. BoxOffice is forecasting an overall $24.75 million debut weekend for the actioner.

World War Z proved to hold up relatively well in the face of new competition. The surprise hit starring Brad Pitt was down 65 percent from opening day last week to add another $8.94 million on Friday and pass the $100 million benchmark. The zombie thriller's domestic tally has now reached $102.86 million and is on track for a $29.25 million sophomore frame.

Warner Bros. reports a $6.02 million Friday for Man of Steel, down 52 percent from last Friday's take. The surge of competition is certainly taking its toll on the Superman reboot. With a domestic gross of $233.86 million through 15 days, we're projecting a $20.3 million third weekend.

Last but not least, Lionsgate's/Summit's Now You See Me grabbed $1.71 million yesterday--down just 28 percent from last Friday--as it also crossed the $100 million domestic threshold. The word of mouth-driven hit has amassed $100.89 million through 29 days of release and is on pace for a $5.8 million weekend.

Tags: The Heat, White House Down, Monsters University, Man of Steel, World War Z, Now You See Me

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