Monthly Archives: June 2013

Monsters University Repeats: Weekend Box Office Report

Although Monsters University took the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, the big story was how The Heat smoked White House Down. In the battle of new flicks, the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy virtually torched the Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum White House under attack flick.

Billy Crystal is Mike in Monsters University

Again, Monsters University may be Pixar’s next big hit by finishing first once again… but The Heat showed real moxie by finishing first in the all-important per-screen average. The Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) directed flick earned $12,575 per screen it was shown, with a total take of $40 million, coming in behind Monsters University’s $46.2 million.

Perhaps audiences had their fill of White House under terrorist siege movies with the release in March of Olympus Has Fallen. Or, maybe it was the mixed reviews (such as our White House Down review), but the Roland Emmerich-directed flick earned $25.6 million in its first week to finish in fourth.

What finished in third? Why, it’s Brad Pitt and his zombie apocalypse, World War Z. The film banked an impressive $29.8 million in its second week of release, bringing the total for the Paramount Pictures film to $123.7 million. That is one impressive blockbuster, for a film that was perceived to have such problems that included pulling out of the Cannes Film Festival and having its release date pushed back twice for re-edits.

Closing out the top five was the latest incarnation of the Superman saga, Man of Steel. The Henry Cavill-starring, Zack Snyder-directed origins story, added to its purse by making $20.8 million… bringing its total in three weeks to $248.7 million. I’d say we’ll get a sequel and we might even see that Justice League movie after all.

What will prove interesting is how all of the top five will do next weekend, the July 4 holiday weekend, with Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger and Steve Carell returning to Gru with Despicable Me 2.

Box Office Top 10:

1. Monsters University, $46.2 million
2. The Heat, $40 million
3. World War Z, $29.8 million
4. White House Down, $25.6 million
5. Man of Steel, $20.8 million
6. This Is The End, $8.7 million
7. Now You See Me, $5.5 million
8. Fast & Furious 6, $2.4 million
9. Star Trek Into Darkness, $2 million
10. The Internship, $1.4 million

The Conjuring Trailer: Hear From the Real Family

Horror movies that are based on true stories are all the more scarier, and The Conjuring falls under that category.

The film is based on true events experienced in the 1970s by the Perron family, and the new trailer features interviews with the real people. Check it out:

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, a paranormal investigating couple hired to help a family terrorized by an evil presence.

Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston (Office Space) star as the mother and father of the Perron family, with Mackenzie Foy, Shannon Kook, Joey King (White House Down), Hayley McFarland, Stanley Caswell, John Brotherton, and Steve Coulter also starring.

James Wan, who is set to direct Fast and Furious 7directs the film, which premieres July 19.

The Conjuring Trailer: Hear From the Real Family

Horror movies that are based on true stories are all the more scarier, and The Conjuring falls under that category.

The film is based on true events experienced in the 1970s by the Perron family, and the new trailer features interviews with the real people. Check it out:

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, a paranormal investigating couple hired to help a family terrorized by an evil presence.

Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston (Office Space) star as the mother and father of the Perron family, with Mackenzie Foy, Shannon Kook, Joey King (White House Down), Hayley McFarland, Stanley Caswell, John Brotherton, and Steve Coulter also starring.

James Wan, who is set to direct Fast and Furious 7directs the film, which premieres July 19.

Weekend Movie Preview: June 28, 2013

This weekend preview finds it’s a battle of two films and Hollywood hopes the gender war heats up and guys and girls make a compromise and see both The Heat and White House Down. The former stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as law women who must band together to solve a devious crime. Meanwhile, the guys (and we suspect some women) will be drawn to White House Down from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, starring the guy that men and women love — Channing Tatum. Oh, and that Jamie Foxx guy is pretty awesome too.

White House Down: Emmerich returns to blowing up the White House as he did in Independence Day. This time out, there’s a chance to save it, thanks to a Secret Service wanna-be played by Tatum. Foxx is the president who manages to get in a few action moves of his own. Heck… he fires a rocket launcher! As we state in our White House Down review, the film is fun and fans of Emmerich’s bombastic filmmaking style will be pleased. And it also must be stated that Tatum and Foxx make a terrific tandem.

The Heat: Bullock and McCarthy are an FBI agent and Boston cop, respectively, who must put aside their differences in order to solve a slew of vicious crimes. The comedy comes from laugh-generating director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), who reteams with McCarthy and the results are mostly funny. It does manage to give a fresh spin on the stale buddy cop comedy genre. Unfortunately, the script fails them, but the two leads more than make up for a weak story with stellar comic performances that will have audiences laughing throughout. For more, check out our The Heat review.

Weekend Movie Preview: June 28, 2013

This weekend preview finds it’s a battle of two films and Hollywood hopes the gender war heats up and guys and girls make a compromise and see both The Heat and White House Down. The former stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as law women who must band together to solve a devious crime. Meanwhile, the guys (and we suspect some women) will be drawn to White House Down from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, starring the guy that men and women love — Channing Tatum. Oh, and that Jamie Foxx guy is pretty awesome too.

White House Down: Emmerich returns to blowing up the White House as he did in Independence Day. This time out, there’s a chance to save it, thanks to a Secret Service wanna-be played by Tatum. Foxx is the president who manages to get in a few action moves of his own. Heck… he fires a rocket launcher! As we state in our White House Down review, the film is fun and fans of Emmerich’s bombastic filmmaking style will be pleased. And it also must be stated that Tatum and Foxx make a terrific tandem.

The Heat: Bullock and McCarthy are an FBI agent and Boston cop, respectively, who must put aside their differences in order to solve a slew of vicious crimes. The comedy comes from laugh-generating director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), who reteams with McCarthy and the results are mostly funny. It does manage to give a fresh spin on the stale buddy cop comedy genre. Unfortunately, the script fails them, but the two leads more than make up for a weak story with stellar comic performances that will have audiences laughing throughout. For more, check out our The Heat review.