Sandra Bullock’s ‘The Heat’ Burns ‘White House Down’ Which Officially Flopped, Highlight Hollywood News

Fueled by females, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock‘s The Heat ended up having all the firepower at the North American box office as their new R-rated comedy crushed Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s big-budget tentpole White House Down.
From 20th Century Fox, The Heat opened to a rousing $40 million, signaling another major win for McCarthy and her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. The pic also marks McCarthy’s best opening to date for a lead role — as well as the best opening ever for Bullock and Feig.

 

 

Conversely, director Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down debuted to a dismal $25.7 million. The action pic cost a pricey $150 million to produce and is the second Sony summer tentpole to flop after Will Smith‘s After Earth. The studio does have two high-profile summer tentpoles yet to open, both of which have strong buzz: Grown Ups 2 and Elysium.

 

 

Among other weekend highlights, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Man of Steel jumped the $500 million mark globally. The Superman pic placed No. 5 domestically, grossing $20.8 million in its third weekend for total of $248.7 million.

 

Summit’s sleeper hit Now You See Me raced past the $100 million mark in North America and crossed $150 million worldwide. The magician heist pic has earned $104.7 million domestically and $48.7 million internationally for a total $153.4 million.

 

 

At the specialty box office, Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited, starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, opened slightly less than his other recent offerings, grossing $102,730 from five theaters for a location average of $20,546. Sony Classics Pictures, which has a longtime relationship with the filmmaker, is distributing the indie film in the U.S.

 

 

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Twentieth Century Fox Studios
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