FIRST BOX OFFICE: ‘The Heat’ #1, ‘Monsters U’ #2, ‘WWZ’ #3, ‘White House Down’ #4
By NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDTTags:
Box Office White House DownFRIDAY 4 PM: Here are my first grosses because the Thursday late shows and Friday midnight totals weren’t significant for either newcomers Twentieth Century Fox’s The Heat or Sony Pictures’ White House Down. Fandango reports that the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock pic is the #1 ticketseller among new releases, selling 50% more advance tickets than at the same time for director Paul Feig’s previous hit Bridesmaids. Based on late show and matinee trends today, my sources say this weekend’s Pre-Fourth Of July domestic box office looks like this right now. Updates and analysis to follow:
1. The Heat (Fox) NEW [Runs 3,181] R
Estimated Friday $13M-$16M, Est Weekend $35M-$30M
Can’t help pointing out that the women brought the heat for this $41M-budget buddy comedy. Chalk up another strong box office performance for McCarthy and Bullock who began with $1M from Thursday’s 10 PM shows and Friday’s midnights. Should end #2 for the weekend behind Pixar’s family fare.
2. Monsters University 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [Runs 4,004] G
Estimated Friday $13M-$16M, Est Weekend $45M-$55M, Est Cume $170M-$180M
Great hold. Should jump into #1 after the Saturday kiddie bump.
3. World War Z 3D (Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 3,607] PG13
Estimated Friday $10M-$12M (-60%), Est Weekend $33M-$36M, Est Cume $127M-$130M
After last week’s surprise success, new audiences will check it out.
4. White House Down (Sony) NEW [Runs 3,222]
Estimated Friday $9M-11M, Est Weekend $25M-$30M
This expectedly puts the Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx pic’s grosses right around Olympus Has Fallen which had a similar plot. But studio admits White House Down is in a tough slot now after WWZ opened so unexpectedly strong last weekend. White House pic did $1.35M in Thursday late shows/Friday midnights. Studio claims budget was an expensive $150M. (“If you see the movie, you will see the money on the screen. And compared to other summer fare and budgets, it very reasonable given the film,” a Sony exec tells me.) Opens day and date in about two dozen small countries this weekend (ie Aruba, Ethiopia, Kenya, Iraq). The first major international territory will not open until mid-July.
5. Man Of Steel 3D (:egendary/Warner Bros) Week 3 [Runs 4,131]
Estimated Friday $6M-$9M, Weekend $19M-$25M, Est Cume $247M-$232M
Lots of box office competition right now continuing into the Fourth Of July holiday.
For more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...