Box Office July 12-14, 2013. Despicable Me 2 was Number One at the box office for the second weekend in a row with $44.7 Million for $229.2 Million so far. Grown Ups 2 premiered in Second Place with $42.5 Million. Pacific Rim premiered in Third Place with $38.3 Million. The Heat was Fourth with $14 Million for $112.3 Million so far. The Lone Ranger was Fifth with $11.1 Million. Monsters University, World War Z, White House Down, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, and Man of Steel rounded out the top ten respectively.
Grown Ups 2 is a 2013 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and produced by Adam Sandler. The film is the sequel to Grown Ups (2010). It features an ensemble cast including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Salma Hayek. Rob Schneider did not reprise his role from the first film. The film is produced by Sandler’s production company Happy Madison and distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Pacific Rim is a 2013 American science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Travis Beacham, and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is under attack by Kaiju, colossal monsters which have emerged from a portal on the ocean floor. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha, each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war’s later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaiju.
Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful adventure story, with an “incredibly airy and light feel”, in contrast to the “super-brooding, super-dark, cynical summer movie”. The director focused on “big, beautiful, sophisticated visuals” and action that would satisfy an adult audience, but has stated his “real hope” is to introduce the kaiju and mecha genres to a generation of children. While the film draws heavily on these genres, it avoids direct references to previous works. Del Toro intended to create something original but “madly in love” with its influences, instilled with “epic beauty” and “operatic grandeur”.
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