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Box Office Report: Monsters University schools The Heat and White House Down

The box office results for the weekend of June 28th – 30th has Monsters University able to maintain its financial GPA despite two new students (The Heat and White House Down) trying to take over on the B.O. campus. Meanwhile, Man of Steel tries to make one more solid push to reach the $300 million mark. Here are the studio estimates:

1. Monsters University ($46.1 million)

2. The Heat ($40 million)

3. World War Z ($29.2 million)

4. White House Down ($25.7 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)

Analysis

Monsters University held strong, dropping just 44% from its opening jaunt last week. In doing so, the flick joins Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3, as the only flicks this year to hold the top honors for consecutive weekends; a tough chore in the summer months. Domestically, this has earned $172.4 million off a $200 million production budget – standard for Pixar products.

As for the newbies, it’s spins two very different tales…

The Heat is in ideal shape as it came in with a relatively low $43 million production budget and generated fairly positive reviews across the board. Melissa McCarthy can now tout her largest (no pun) opening weekend ever as she watches her hustling star rise higher.

White House Down may already be down-and-out. Saddled with a $150 million production budget and a mixed reception, this copycat (Olympus Has Fallen is essentially the same movie that opened in March) will need help getting more people the polls if you will. Unless international audiences are intrigued by watching America’s capital getting destroyed (and why lie, there is a draw for that), this is on Flop Alert.

After 3 weeks, Man of Steel has leaped to $248.1 million. Hitting $300 million on the home front will be close unless a small contingent of fans are giving this multiple looks.

Star Trek Into Darkness currently holds the longest streak in the top ten with 7 weeks. Domestically, it has flown to $220.5 million off a production budget of $190 million.

This Wednesday, The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 ride into the summer party. Reviews will be right here my fellow Shockers!

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Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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