Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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July 15th, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

"Grown Ups 2" performed well at the box office during the weekend of July 12, earning $42,500,000. When Hollywood agent Lenny decides to relocate back to his hometown, his family has a hard time adjusting from the quick pace of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Lenny faces some problems of his own as he realizes how difficult it will be to recapture his childhood and reclaim his territory. Crude and suggestive content, language, and nudity contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"Pacific Rim" earned $38,300,000 during its first weekend in theaters. Guillermo del Toro's inventive sci-fi film foresees a future where the world is in grave danger. Ravenous monsters called Kaiju are toppling civilizations and terrorizing cities. The only way human beings can hope to match the Kaijus' strength is to operate enormous battle robots, known as Jaegers. The PG-13 rating is due to brief language and intense sci-fi action and violence.
Continuing Films

"Despicable Me 2" saw weekend profits of $44,754,000, bringing total earnings to more than $229 million. Powerful tools have fallen into the wrong hands, and the Anti-Villain League is eager to stop any potential trouble in is tracks. In order to do so, though, they will have to convince the reluctant Gru to come out of his peaceful retirement and join their ranks. "Despicable Me" has a PG rating for mild action and rude humor.
The Heat" has seen over $112 million in profits since its opening weekend. This weekend, the action-packed comedy brought in $14 million. Sarah Ashburn is insecure and uptight, and Shannon Mullins is irrepressibly volatile. Together, the two seem to make an odd crime-fighting pair. But as the FBI agent and the detective begin to get to know each other and overcome their differences, they become an unexpectedly powerful force. "The Heat" is rated R for pervasive language, violence, and strong crude language.

"Monsters University" brought in $10,621,000 in box office profits during the weekend of July 12. Overall, the movie has earned more than $237 million. When Mike arrives at Monsters University, he wants to take his studies seriously, but he soon learns that not everybody shares this viewpoint. In fact, some monsters only seem to want to have fun. Mike and Sulley quickly become rivals, but the two have the potential to be best friends. "Monsters University" has a G rating.

Thanks to weekend earnings of $11,140,000, "The Lone Ranger" surpassed the $71 million mark. The enigmatic Tonto recounts an epic story of how an ordinary man transformed into a legendary hero. With Tonto by his side, John Reid accepted his destiny and set out to bring order and justice to the lawless and wild world of the Old West. The PG-13 rating is due to suggestive material and intense action and violence.

"World War Z" saw profits of $9,430,000. Overall, the movie has earned more than $177 million. As a zombie pandemic sweeps the face of the planet, only one man can truly survive the mayhem long enough to find a cure. However, the clock is constantly ticking down to total disaster. The hero worries that even his best efforts might not be enough. The PG-13 rating is due to disturbing images and intense frightening zombie situations.
Movies to DVD

"Evil Dead" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, July 16. While trying to help a struggling friend, a small group retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods. What comes next is not the peace they hoped for, however. Instead, evil and hostile forces unleash a bloodbath that could spell certain doom for the entire group. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and bloody gore and violence.

"42" explores the life and triumphs of Jackie Robinson, a baseball star who made history. Although he displays a natural talent for baseball, Robinson knows that racial tensions may prevent him from achieving the fame and success he longs for. With perseverance, Robinson breaks down important boundaries. The biopic has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements that include language.

In "Bullet to the Head," two men from very different backgrounds team up to fight a common enemy. The New Orleans hit man and the Washington D.C. detective will have to learn to trust each other if they want to exact vengeance and survive their risky quest. The R rating is due to strong violence, nudity, bloody images, and brief drug use.

"Erased" stars Aaron Eckhart as Ben, a former CIA agent. Ben's life turns upside down after he realizes that the powers that be are trying to erase his very existence. To make matters worse, Ben's daughter is also under the risk of being eradicated. Ben will have to fight for both his own life and his daughter's. The R rating is due to violence.