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Giant robots and Adam Sandler couldn’t stop “Despicable Me 2”, which topped the box office for a second weekend in a row. The animated sequel earned $44.7 million. Adam Sandler had the second biggest opening of his career with “Grown Ups 2”, which also features Kevin James, David Spade, Taylor Lautner and more with $42 million. Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” opened with $38 million, a disappointing debut for the monster/robot film.
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Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt and more, opened to $142 million over its first five days. That’s just higher than Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3”. Though it will see a stiff drop because of the holiday weekend being over, this film should get to $350 million and make a push for $400 million. Meanwhile, “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp struggled to $48.9 million over its first five days. That’s better than “Cowboys and Aliens”, but it failed to find the audience Disney was looking for. And with a budget of more than $200 million, this one doesn’t look good.

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“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has another hit on his hand. “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opened to $40 million. That’s the biggest opening in Bullock’s career and way ahead of “Bridesmaids”, which opened to just more than $26 million. Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University, however, repeated in first with an estimated $46.2 million. Despite having big star power in director Roland Emmerich and stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “White House Down” opened to $25.7 million, lower than “Olympus Has Fallen”, which had Gerard Butler.

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It was a good weekend for Disney/Pixar and Brad Pitt. “Monsters University”, which features the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, topped the box office with $82 million, for the studio’s biggest opening since “Toy Story 3”. Marc Forster’s zombie film “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt shattered expectations, earning $66 million to take second while Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” tumbled to take $41.2 million in its second weekend.

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Warner Brothers is probably celebrating today. Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan teamed up for a new Superman film “Man of Steel”. And audiences turned out in droves, earning $113.1 million and $125.1 million if you include the Thursday night shows. Both numbers top the previous June record of $110 million set by “Toy Story 3”. The film now has earned more than double of “Superman Returns” total domestic take of $200.1 million already.

“This is the End”, the comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and a host of others earned $32.8 million since opening on Wednesday.

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The surprises keep coming this summer movie season. “The Purge” defied all expectations, opening to $36.4 million, the film was made for just $3 million. Expect this film to drop off quickly as horror movies tend to be very front loaded, but the movie has a chance to wind up north of $70-80 million total now.

“Fast and Furious 6” and “Now You See Me” each earned just less than $20 million. “FF 6” should pass “Fast Five” by next week to become the highest grossing film in the franchise.

“The Internship” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn debuted to a disappointing fourth, earning $18.1 million.

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We have another surprise at the box office. “Now You See Me” topped “After Earth” starring Will and Jaden Smith at the box office over the weekend. The former earned $28 million, near the high end of expectations for the film from Louis Letterier while the latter from M. Night Shyamalan earned $27 million. “Fast and Furious 6” topped the box office again with $34 million.

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It was supposed to be one of the most competitive weekends this summer, but Memorial Day weekend saw “Fast and Furious 6” dominate. The film earned an estimated $96 million over the three day weekend and $120 million over four days. “The Hangover Part III” opened to less than half of that with a $41 million three day start and now has a five day start of $63 million. “Epic” is off to a $42 million four day start.

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Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” exceeded expectations at the box office last weekend. The film earned $51.1 million, significantly higher than the low $40s that most had predicted. The lack of competition for women audiences and a strong cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. “Iron Man 3” in its second weekend earned $72.4 million, raising its total above $280 million.

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Disney/Marvel Studios now has the top two opening weekends in box office history. “The Avengers” opened to $207 million and now “Iron Man 3” opened to $175.3 million. That opening is significantly higher than “Iron Man 2” and above such films as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and “The Dark Knight”.

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