A huge weekend at the box office, with one film performing exceedingly well, while another failed, even though it had good marks from audiences. Here’s what went down.
Not surprisingly, Despicable Me 2 was the big winner at the box office this weekend, hitting the top spot with an outstanding $81 million. Audiences and critics embraced this sequel, and since its July 3rd, the film has grossed a stellar $140.5 million. The film is well on its way to a domestic home run of at least $250-$275 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
Opening in second place with a hugely disappointing $28.9 million is the Johnny Depp-Gore Verbinski team-up, The Lone Ranger. Critics savaged the film, but according to Deadline, audience scores coming out of the film gave it a B+ rating. However, that just isn’t going to matter. The film is on its way to be a colossal dud, and I’m sceptical it will even hit $100 million.
As for the rest of the top five, The Heat was not far behind The Lone Ranger with $24.8 to claim third place. Monsters University was in fourth with $19.1 million, while World War Z closed things out in fifth with $17.8 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Despicable Me 2 – $85 million
2) Monsters University – $30 million
3) The Lone Ranger – $25 million
4) The Heat – $24.5 million
5) White House Down – $18 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Despicable Me 2 – $81 million
2) The Lone Ranger – $28.9 million
3) The Heat – $24.8 million
4) Monsters University – $19.1 million
5) World War Z – $17.8 million
Next week sees the release of Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!