June 2013 will be remembered for great numbers including the final weekend, even with one of the debuts disappointing. As expected, Monsters University clung to the #1 spot with $46.1 million, just 44% off the previous weekend. With $171 million grossed to date, I’d say that $300 million would be likely if not for Despicable Me 2. Should be very close regardless. #2 for the weekend was The Heat which continues Melissa McCarthy’s impressive run at the box office. The film grossed exactly $40 million for the weekend and clobbered the other gender driven film, White House Down which debuted to a dismal $25.7 million (less than Olympus Has Fallen). This looks to end an improbable run for Channing Tatum who has had 4 $100 million dollar hits in the past 18 months, though it’s possible legs could pick up and the holiday may help boosts its gross. #3 for the weekend was still actually World War Z which managed $29.8 million, a solid 55% drop.
With 4th of July weekend coming up, all of these films and 5th place finisher Man of Steel ($20.8 million, $248.6 million total) should enjoy some healthy business over the next couple weeks but this crowded market will continue with The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 coming up. My predictions were well off on White House Down and The Heat but I was close with Monsters University. I should stop underestimating the power of women when it comes to film.
It’s not often I post a trailer for something that’s technically on TV, but since it’s a movie made for TV, I’m going to count it. Check out this trailer for Clear History, a film directed by Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) which also stars Jon Hamm, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, Kate Hudson, and J.B Smoove. I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, which stands as one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and this looks great! Michael Keaton was once considered a great comedic actor, so while this trailer shows nothing about his role, I am eager to see him back in this kind of film. Also, Jon Hamm is one of the most versatile actors on TV right now. He can do comedy, he can do drama, and when you combine it with the improv style of Larry David, I feel like this movie is going to be a workshop in awkward humor.
Even though Monsters University is doing great business at the box office, it looks like Pixar is scaling back on sequels. Instead, they’ll be doing one every other year. As is, we got Cars 2, then Monsters University, and the soon to be Finding Dory, within a four year span.Creatively, Pixar hasn’t been getting the unanimous praise that they had received prior to the release of Cars 2. This is a good I think, sequels tend to smother creativity, but the other part associated with Pixar’s decline I think is some of their big directors (Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, John Lasseter) moved on to other things and the new crop of directors don’t quite have the same spark of previous directors. Now, Pete Docter, who handled Up and Monsters, Inc is returning to do a film called Inside Out and Andrew Stanton of course is back for Finding Dory, so the upcoming crop of films in the next few years looks promising. Here’s hoping they return to glory.