Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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Gru, the girls, Dr. Nefario and the funny little minions are back, along with new characters. Gru is recruited to help the Anti-Villain League, can he let go of his evil ways?
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July 8th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Despicable Me 2" earned top honors during the holiday weekend. Box office profits from the weekend of July 5 totaled $82,500,000. Together with profits from the film's Wednesday opening, "Despicable Me 2" has earned $142,100,000 overall. When the Anti-Villain League realizes that a dangerous chemical compound is missing, they try to recruit Gru to help stave off mayhem. However, Gru just wants to enjoy a peaceful life with his daughters. It will take some serious problems to change his mind. The film has a PG rating for mild action sequences and rude humor.

"The Lone Ranger" galloped to victory with weekend profits of $29,432,000. Overall, the movie has brought in more than $48 million. John Reid ends up on a train that also carries a dangerous prisoner and Tonto, an enigmatic Native American warrior. John's life takes an unexpected turn after he becomes embroiled in a conflict between the law and those who scorn the law. "The Lone Ranger" has a PG-13 rating for suggestive material, as well as intense action and violence.

Continuing Films

"The Heat" earned $25 million during the weekend, bringing total earnings to over $86 million. A neurotic FBI agent and a hot-tempered detective team up, hoping to fight crime. First, though, they will have to come to terms with their own personality flaws. The women could become an unstoppable pair, or they could drive each other crazy. The comedy's R rating is due to crude content, pervasive language, and violence.

"Monsters University" saw box office profits of $19,590,000. Since its debut, the animated film has brought it more than $216 million. When they arrive at college, Sulley and Mike don't hit it off at first. While Sulley is a hard partier, Mike works relentlessly and studies, hoping to become the top scarer. Eventually, Sulley realizes that maybe Mike has something to teach him about success. "Monsters University" has a G rating.

With earnings of $18,200,000, "World War Z" saw its total box office profits top the $158 million marker. A former United Nations employee receives the toughest job of his life. He has to find a cure for the pandemic that is turning humans into flesh-eating zombies within a matter of seconds after attack. The path to a cure is marked with dangers. The PG-13 rating is due to disturbing images, violence, and intense, frightening zombie sequences.

During the patriotic holiday weekend, "White House Down" earned $13,500,000. "White House Down" has seen profits of $50,478,000. Although he worries that he won't land a job as a Secret Service agent, John Cale tries to enjoy his tour of the White House. What he does not realize is that an insider attack will give him a chance to be a hero. "White House Down" is rated PG-13 for scenes of action and violence that include gunfire and explosions, as well as for language and a brief suggestive image.

Movies to DVD

"The Host" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, July 9. The human race has been taken over by parasitic alien beings, but a few lone survivors have managed to hold onto their individuality. After one young woman, Melanie, survives the process of assimilation, she ends up sparking an important revolution that could change everything. Sensuality and violence contribute to the film's PG-13 rating.

"Spring Breakers" follows the misadventures of four young friends who embark on very unusual Spring Break plans. The girls decide to turn to a life of crime to fund their summer fun. It's not very long before the consequences catch up with them in a big way. The movie has an R rating for strong mature content, nudity, language, drug use, and violence.

"Admission" stars Tina Fey as Portia, a Princeton admissions officer who has focused on her work to the exclusion of a personal life. An old pal asks her for a huge favor. When Portia goes out on a limb for the sake of her friend, she ends up with a lot more baggage than she bargained for. "Admission" has a PG-13 rating for language and mature content.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" is a steamy romance about Judith, a successful, ambitious young woman who makes a living advising other people about their love lives. However, a seductive and powerful man makes Judith question everything she knows about fidelity and desire. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to drug content, mature content, and language.

"Dead Man Down" is a slick thriller. Victor lives on the edge, taking huge risks for the sake of an eventual vengeful pay-off. His plan is complicated by Beatrice, a seemingly innocent young woman who actually has just as much of a desire for revenge. The R rating is because of violence, pervasive language, and mature content.