‘The Heat’ Starring Bullock And McCarthy Take Down Tatum And Foxx In ‘White House Down’, Highlight Hollywood News

Maybe after months of seeing male domination on screen, the ladies are taking a look at feminine power in, Paul Feig‘s Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy headliner The Heat is off to a stellar start at the Northern American box office for 20th Century Fox, grossing $13.6 million on Friday for a projected $39 million weekend.The news was grim, however, for Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down, pairing Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The $150 million film, from Sony, took in around $9 million on Friday to only narrowly beat World War Z ($8.9 million).

World War Z is likely to pull ahead of White House Down on Saturday, however, putting White House Down at No. 4 for the weekend.  Disney and Pixar’s Monsters University is holding at No. 1 in its second weekend, grossing roughly $14.3 million on Friday for an eight-day domestic cume of $139.1 million. By Sunday, its total is likely to hover around $170 million.

 

 

Heading into the weekend, The Heat and White House Down were each tracking to bow in the $30 million range. And on Friday night, each film earned an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers.

 

 

The Heat marks another major victory for McCarthy and Feig — who worked together on Bridesmaids — as well as for Bullock. To date, McCarthy’s top opening at the domestic box office is Identity Thief, which debuted earlier this year to $34.6 million.

 

 

 

Costing a modest $43 million to produce, the raunchy R-rated comedy stars Bullock as a strict FBI agent who is forced to team up with McCarthy’s rough-around-the-edges Boston street cop.

 One problem — White House Down comes out just three months after FilmDistrict’s White House-under-siege film Olympus Has Fallen played in theaters. Another is a glut of male-skewing action films in the market, including World War Z and Man of Steel. 

 

White House Down looks the like lowest opening for an Emmerich-directed tentpole in recent times. In summer 2004, The Day After Tomorrow debuted to $68.7 million. Independence Day – which also featured the destruction of the White House — opened to $50.2 million in July 1996.

 

 

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