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James Wan already had horror hits like “Saw” and “Insidious” on his hands. Now he can add “The Conjuring”, which earned more than $41 million. That’s more than twice its budget already! The other films like “RED 2”, “Turbo” and “R.I.P.D” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges ranged from OK to out right bomb.

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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The last weekend in June sees the second White House being attacked movie of the year and a delayed buddy cop comedy from the director of “Bridesmaids”.

First up is “White House Down”. “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler earned nearly $100 million earlier this year, a good omen for this film. It has a bigger name director (Roland Emmerich) and much more star power (Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum). But the question remains will audiences pay for a similar movie? Well, sometimes they do. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” were released just two months apart, but “Armageddon” actually earned significantly more, despite coming out second. The star power alone will raise “White House Down” up but fans might be getting a little fatigued with action movies right now.

Opening weekend: $38-43 million

The big winner this week looks to be “The Heat”. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both bona fide box office draws. And director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” was the comedy smash hit of 2011. The combination of those factors should help this take second behind “Monsters University”.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

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Yep, Jim Carrey is one of the stars in the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2”. But don’t expect to see him promoting the film. Carrey took to Twitter to criticize the film:

“I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey wrote.  “My apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

On one hand, I can understand his feelings, we all got a wake up call with Sandy Hook. On the other hand, here’s my issues. First, why did he wait until now? It’s been half a year and he didn’t seem it was fit to raise any concerns until now? Also, he seems to be implying that violence in movies leads to violence in real life. I beg to differ on that.

Mark Millar posted this response:

As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you’re going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon. Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it’s the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.

“Kick-Ass 2” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and more.

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I wrote something similar last summer before Pixar’s “Brave” came out. Now with “Monsters University”, that idea seems to be cemented. Pixar is no longer the masterful studio producing classic after classic. We saw such original films like “Wall E” and “Up” that not only made us laugh, but made us cry and made us feel. The only time during its peak years it ever went back to sequels was for “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3”, both masterpieces in their own right. Turns out “Toy Story 3” may go down as the last great film Pixar made in its golden age. Since then we’ve gotten the downright bad “Cars 2”, the OK but startling formulaic “Brave” and now “Monsters University”. Don’t get me wrong. I love “Monsters, Inc.” But, according to the early reviews, even the positive ones say this is just mildly funny children entertainment. It’s a good, not great film. Why is that sad? Because once upon a time Pixar pushed the envelope, brining very adult themes into “kids movies” and making both older and younger audiences alike feel real emotions. Now we get essentially “Revenge of the Nerds” with Pixar characters. Gone is that heart that made so many Pixar films so great. Instead, we’re getting college gags. I suppose it could make for somewhat funny scenes. But you know, think about your favorite Pixar movies. It wasn’t about immature jokes and gags. In fact, for many of the films, the humor was secondary. We came for the heart, for the unique stories and memorable characters. And, if you think about it, the best moments from “Monsters, Inc.” came when Boo was involved. You take away Boo, you take away most of the charm from that movie.

For the first time since I’ve been a huge movie fan, I wasn’t excited for this summer’s Pixar release. In fact, I barely realized it was coming out this weekend. That’s a shame. Because once upon a time Pixar was the master of making great films. Looks like Pixar’s fairy tale is over.

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“This is the End” hits theaters but we all know the big fish this weekend will be “Man of Steel”. No movie has made more than $35 million for two weeks. How big will Superman’s reboot open?

“Superman Returns” disappointed in 2006 when Bryan Singer’s film earned just more than $200 million. Expect Zack Syder’s adaptation to do way better. In fact “Toy Story 3”, which holds the June record with a $110 million opening, could see that record fall. In fact, it’d be shocking if it didn’t. Warner Brothers got Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”) to help shape the story and an aggressive and great marketing campaign has audiences wanting to see this film bad. The reviews haven’t been amazing, in fact it’s at a 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But that won’t affect its opening weekend, though it may affect its long term legs. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and a host of others, the film promises action Superman fans have been waiting for. And Superman is a strong brand so expect this one to set a new June record.

Opening weekend: $120-125 million

Unfortunately that means “This is the End” is left in the dust. But the all-star comedy should do decently.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

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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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The first weekend in June is here. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn finally reunite after “Wedding Crashers” with “The Internship” while Ethan Hawke returns to horror after “Sinister” with “The Purge”. Can either knock off “Fast and Furious 6” from the top spot?

After “Wedding Crashers” earned $209 million in 2005, a team up with Wilson and Vaughn seemed like a sure fire hit. Eight years later, however, and “The Internship” looks bad. It looks dated, is surprisingly light on laughs and…well…feels like it should have come out in 2006. Still, viewers might be willing to give this a shot, especially with “The Hangover Part III” disappointing a lot of fans, but this one will struggle to break $20 million.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

That would open the door for “The Purge” where a family must fight off home invaders during a 12-hour period when crime is legal. Hawke scored a hit with “Sinister”. And this film seems a bit like “The Strangers” but on a larger scale. That film opened to a little over $20 million and there’s no reason this shouldn’t beat it because of price inflation and should take the top spot this weekend.

Opening weekend: $20-25 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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With “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby’ performing well, some movie had to underperform. It looks like that’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”. The film earned $70.6 million over the weekend and $84.1 over its first four days, which is actually a tad bit lower than the last film made and well below expectations of a $100 million four-day start. It’s not so much that J.J. Abrams’ latest was bad, it got an “A” score from audiences. But with steep competition and anticipation for “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6” next weekend, it’s likely this film just didn’t appeal broadly enough to draw in audiences. It’ll be a fight to get to $200 million now with steep competition the rest of the summer. “Iron Man 3” officially became the highest grossing IM film domestically, raising its total to $337.1

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