Warner Bros. reports that Pacific Rim rang up $14.62 million on Friday, including its $3.6 million Thursday night previews. The overall Friday figure compares favorably against the $13.1 million and $12.1 million (excluding $1 million Thursday night previews) opening days for Cowboys & Aliens and Super 8, respectively, although it trailed Tron: Legacy's opening day by 16.5 percent ($17.51 million). While the film still has several hurdles to climb over in the long run, the good news for Guillermo del Toro's original flick is that word of mouth is healthy so far. BoxOffice projects a $36.5 million debut weekend.
Grown Ups 2 hauled in an estimated $16.3 million yesterday (also including Thursday's $2.3 million sneaks). That beat the $14.4 million first day take of the first film back in summer 2010, and also marks Adam Sandler's best opening day (topping The Longest Yard's $16.18 million). BoxOffice's official weekend projection is $44.5 million.
Illumination's Despicable Me 2 continued to rake in business despite the market's new competition on Friday. The Universal sequel banked another $13.4 million on Friday, increasing its domestic total to $197.88 million--about 12.8 percent behind Toy Story 3 and 16.1 percent ahead of Monsters University through 10 days of release (those two comparisons opened on Friday as opposed to Wednesday, though). Expect a $44.0 million sophomore frame and close race for first place with Grown Ups 2.
Following a disappointing opening last week, The Lone Ranger was hit by the new competition on Friday (as expected). Disney's big-budget western added $3.37 million to its haul yesterday, bumping the film's domestic total up to $63.33 million after 10 days. The pic is now running 2.2 percent behind 1999's Wild Wild West through the same point and is on target for an $11.1 million second weekend.
Sharing the kiddie audience with those Minion fans out there is still Pixar's Monsters University. The sequel has shown signs of stabilization since initially taking a hit over the holiday last week. With $3.27 million added yesterday, the movie is 44.5 percent ahead of the pace of Cars 2 and 29 percent behind Toy Story 3. Monsters surpassed the $230 million domestic benchmark yesterday and is headed for an $11.2 million weekend.
Fox's The Heat continued to shine as word of mouth helped it withstand two more high profile openers. The hit comedy pulled in another $4.2 million on Friday, helping the film crack the $100 million domestic benchmark after 22 days. The laugher is 18.3 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's The Proposal and should bag $13.5 million this weekend.
Meanwhile, Kevin Hart's hit stand-up feature, Let Me Explain, grossed $1.6 million on Friday, giving it an impressive $23 million domestic haul so far. We're projecting a $5.0 million weekend.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.