Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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July 1st, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"The Heat" earned $40 million during its debut weekend, landing in second place. Ashburn and Mullins are skilled at their law enforcement jobs, but both women struggle in some key areas. Namely, they lack social skills. Ashburn is neurotic, while Mullins has a feisty temper. When the two women end up partnered, they reluctantly learn how to play well with others. Crude content, strong language, and violence contribute to an R rating.

"White House Down" saw opening week profits of $25,700,000. After a disappointing rejection from the Secret Service, police officer John Cale has a chance to become a hero when the White House comes under attack. Not only will Cale have to help the President escape, he also has to worry about the safety of his young daughter. The film has a PG-13 rating for sequences of action, violence, gunfire, and explosions, as well as some language and a mature image.

Continuing Films

Despite competition from two new films, "Monsters University" managed to hold onto its top spot in box office rankings during the weekend of June 28. Earnings of $46,180,000 bring the total to over $171 million. At Monsters University, Mike Wazowski is determined to succeed and become a great scarer. But when he begins a rivalry with Sulley, Mike ends up distracted from his studies. It becomes clear that the two will have to put aside their differences and learn to get along. The animated film has a G rating.

"World War Z" brought in $29,800,000, with total earnings of more than $123 million. A pandemic is threatening the human race, causing mayhem all over the face of the planet. More and more people transform into zombies, and it only take a matter of seconds for their attacks to create new zombies. A former U.N. employee sets out to save the world. Disturbing images, violence, and zombie sequences contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"Man of Steel" added an additional $20,820,000 to its box office profits, meaning that the movie has now earned over $248 million. With Krypton facing a terrible threat, Jor-El and Lara decide to save their baby. Along with a priceless artifact, young Kal-El lands on the planet Earth, where he finds both refuge and loneliness. Wondering where he really came from, the young Kryptonite will soon face his destiny. "Man of Steel" has a PG-13 rating for language and intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence, and destruction.

"This Is the End" has earned more than $70 million overall, including $8,700,000 during the weekend of June 28. Seth Rogen brings his pal, Jay Baruchel, to a wild party at James Franco's home in Los Angeles. The partying takes a turn for the unexpected when the end of the world erupts in the city, leaving Seth, Jay, and a few friends to fend for themselves. The irreverent comedy has an R rating for brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use, violence, and strong crude content.

"Now You See Me" has brought in $5,500,000 over the weekend. Since its debut, the inventive crime movie has seen profits of more than $104 million. When the authorities become aware of an unconventional crime ring that pulls off seemingly impossible heists, they are in for a wild ride. The Four Horsemen have mysterious powers, making it difficult to catch them in the act. FBI Agent Rhodes sets out to unlock their secrets. Mature content, action, and language lead to a PG-13 rating.

"Fast & Furious 6" continues to rank among the top box office earners. Profits of $2,400,000 have brought the film's total earnings to more than $233 million. After the successful Rio heist, Dom, Brian, and their compatriots are laying low in various countries. Luke Hobbs approaches the gang, knowing that their talents will be essential during the takedown of a dangerous criminal. Dom agrees, in exchange for amnesty and a chance to start over. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to mature content, language, and intense sequences of violence, action, and mayhem.

Movies to DVD

"6 Souls" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, July 2. Dr. Cara Harding suffers a crisis of faith after the loss of a loved one, throwing herself into her work as a psychiatrist. When she begins to help a highly unusual mental patient, Cara finds herself sucked into a dark plot that makes her question life after death. The horror film has an R rating for terror, violent content, and disturbing images.

"56 Up" is the eighth installment in an ongoing documentary series. Every seven years, filmmakers catch up with the documentary subjects to see how their lives have changed and evolved, in both good ways and bad. In this film, the fifty-six-year-olds open up about their various challenges and triumphs. The documentary is not rated.