Here's a quick rundown of the July 5-7, 2013, top twelve movies at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As expected, the $76 million-budgeted Despicable Me 2, featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, easily topped the chart with $82.51 million and a five-day cume of $142.07 million. Universal's animated 3D feature was followed — at a very distant second — by Disney's The Lone Ranger. Directed by Gore Verbinski, and starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, the $215 million-budgeted comic Western in the style of the Pirates of the Caribbean series took in $29.43 million for a highly disappointing five-day cume of $48.93 million. (Image: Despicable Me 2.)
At no. 3, Paul Feig's buddy comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, raked in $25 million, down an okay 36 percent and cuming at $86.39 million after ten days. Facing stiff competition from Despicable Me 2, Monsters University was down a whopping 57 percent, earning $19.59 million, for a cume of $216.12 million. Monsters University — not Despicable Me 2, as stated in the original version of this post — features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Helen Mirren.
World War Z passes $150 million milestone
At no. 5, Marc Forster / Brad Pitt's World War Z grossed $18.2 million, down 39 percent, cuming at $158.75 million — thus passing the $150 million milestone. The zombie flick was followed by Roland Emmerich's costly actioner White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, which grossed $13.5 million, cuming at $50.47 million.
Zack Snyder / Henry Cavill's Man of Steel was no. 6 on the domestic chart, with $11,41 million, down 45 percent after losing 1,226 locations. The Superman reboot's cume currently stands at $271.2 million. New entry Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain was no. 8, with $10.1 million, and a five-day cume of $17.46 million.
Rounding out the top twelve at the domestic box office were the following movies: James Franco / Jay Baruchel's This is the End with $5.8 million, and a cume of $85.55 million; Jesse Eisenberg's Now You See Me with $2.77 million, and a cume of $110.41 million; Chris Pine / Zachary Quinto's Star Trek Into Darkness with $1.31 million, and a cume of $223.06 million; and Paul Walker / Vin Diesel's Fast & Furious 6 with $1.02 million, and a cume of $235.43 million.
Despicable Me 2 image: Universal Pictures.