Directed by Dennis Dugan, and starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James, Grown Ups 2 opened with $41.5 million from 3,491 North American locations this past weekend, July 12-14, according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. That figures includes an estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings — and it’s about $1 million below studio estimates published on Sunday. Grown Ups 2’s per-theater average was a solid $11,890. (Photo: Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2.)
Although a more modest gross than studio estimates indicated, $41.5 million was enough for the $80 million-budgeted Grown Ups 2 to easily beat Guillermo del Toro’s $190 million-budgeted sci-fi actioner Pacific Rim, which took in $37.28 million by Sunday evening — also about $1 million below studio estimates. Grown Ups 2 ended up trailing only the animated 3D holdover Despicable Me 2, which features the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, and which grossed $43.89 million.
Adam Sandler’s latest tragedy has a dismal 9 percent approval rating and 3.2/10 average at Rotten Tomatoes. But this type of cinematic garbage seems to be exactly what North American audiences are hungry for. Though, admittedly, not as much as before — at least not when it comes to Adam Sandler movies.
Adam Sandler’s biggest movie debuts
Grown Ups 2 has been heralded as Adam Sandler’s fourth biggest opening weekend ever (not including the animated Hotel Transylvania) at the North American box office. But that isn’t exactly accurate.
It’s true that even adjusted for inflation, Grown Ups 2 remains ahead of Grown Ups’s $40.5 million in 2010. However, once inflation is factored in, no less than eight Adam Sandler movies (once again not including the animated Hotel Transylvania) remain ahead of Grown Ups 2: The Longest Yard, Anger Management, Big Daddy, Click, 50 First Dates, The Waterboy, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, and Mr. Deeds.
Now, will Grown Ups 2 end up with a cume of $162 million at the domestic box office like its predecessor? The answer is: that’s certainly possible, but don’t be too surprised if the sequel — as those tend to be more frontloaded — finishes its run with a considerably more modest $120-$130 million. (See also: "Adam Sandler That’s My Boy: Sandler’s Worst Box-Office Flop?")
Also: as per Box Office Mojo, Grown Ups 2 added $1.7 million internationally. It’s unclear in how many territories.
Adam Sandler heads Grown Ups 2 cast
Besides Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James, Grown Ups 2 also features Bridesmaids’ Maya Rudolph, 2002 Best Actress Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek (Frida), A History of Violence’s Maria Bello, Milo Ventimiglia, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Engel, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Tatro, Jared Sandler, Chris Titoni, Shaquille O’Neal, Jon Lovitz, Steve Austin, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2’s Taylor Lautner in a cameo.
Adam Sandler Grown Ups 2 photo: Sony Pictures.