B.O. Roundup, July 12-14: Gru Outpaces 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Pacific Rim'

Sunday, 14 July 2013 11:54 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, July 12-14: Gru Outpaces 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Pacific Rim'

Two sequels and an original sci-fi movie – Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, and Pacific Rim – walk into a bar.

"Hey," says the bartender, "You look like the top three movies in America this weekend."

The bartender's sense of humor may be sorely lacking, but he is damned accurate.  Despicable Me 2 reigned supreme for the second consecutive week, and of the two new wide releases, a rare Adam Sandler sequel emerged with more estimated earnings than Guillermo del Toro's mechs-vs-monsters extravaganza.

After debuting in first place over the Fourth of July holiday, Despicable Me 2 repeated the performance, drawing an estimated $44.7 million from 4,003 nationwide locations.  Business softened some 46% from last weekend, bringing the animated comedy's twelve-day domestic total to $229.2 million.  Despicable Me 2 is expected to surpass its 2010 predecessor's $251 million total by the coming Friday.

Gru and his minions continue to be popular worldwide, as Despicable Me 2 has grossed $243.2 in foreign markets, for a global total so far of $472.4 million.

After two straight commercial disappointments with Jack & Jill and That's My Boy, Adam Sandler had been going through an unprecedented dry spell.  With Grown Ups 2, though, he has returned to ostensibly family-oriented comedy, once again surrounding himself with co-stars Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade.  He's also proven that those last two movies were exceptions to the box office rule; Grown Ups 2 opened in second place with $42.5 million in estimated ticket sales from 3,491 theaters.

Not adjusting for inflation, that's more than the $40.2 million to which the first Grown Ups dropped two years ago.  It's also the second-biggest opening of Sandler's career, behind only that The Longest Yard from 2005, the one that debuted with $47.6 million

And in third place, we come to Pacific Rim, the gargantuan action adventure from the one and only Guillermo del Toro.  While he's beloved by his many fans, the average moviegoer doesn't carry much of a torch for the director, and many projections going into this weekend had Pacific Rim – a summer movie not based on a familiar property, in some way part of a franchise, or starring a big name actor – crashing and burning with under $20 million.

Instead, Pacific Rim opened to an estimated $38.3 million from 3,275 locations.  That's more than enough to qualify as the biggest debut on del Toro's resume, but is still far from a home run for a costly visual effects spectacle.  Reviews and word of mouth are strong, however, and Pacific Rim could compensate internationally for any domestic shortcomings.  The film debuted in 38 foreign markets, where it collected an additional $53 million.

Here's the top ten for this weekend, according to current estimates:

1. Despicable Me 2                                   $44.7 million               $229.2 million

2. Grown Ups 2                                         $42.5 million              New Release

3. Pacific Rim                                           $38.3 million              New Release

4. The Heat                                               $14.0 million              $112.3 million

5. The Lone Ranger                                 $11.1 million              $71.1 million

6. Monsters University                             $10.6 million              $237.6 million

7. World War Z                                          $9.4 million               $177.0 million

8. White House Down                               $6.1 million               $62.9 million

9. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain                  $5.0 million               $26.3 million

10. Man of Steel                                        $4.8 million               $280.9 million

Competition is about to get even stiffer.  Turbo opens this Wednesday, followed by The Conjuring, R.I.P.D., and Red 2 on Friday.

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