- Despicable Me 2 (-46%)- $44.7 million / $229 total
- Grown Ups 2 (new)- $42 million- which is slightly ahead of the 2010's original, and a bright spot for distributor Sony after expensive flops After Earth and White House Down-- "bright spot" is a loose term.
- Pacific Rim (new)- $38.3 million- Guillermo del Toro may not yet be ready for primetime, but this will be a curious one to watch, considering it's widely all-over-the-place reception.
- The Heat (-43%)- $14 million / $112 million total
- The Lone Ranger (-61%)- $11 million / $71 million total
- Monsters University (-46%)- $10 million / $237 million total
- World War Z (-48%)- $9.4 million / $177 million total
- White House Down (-54%)- $6.1 million / $62 million total
- Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (-50%)- $5 million / $26 million total
- Man of Steel (-57%)- $4 million / $280 million total
OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN
Fruitvale Station- The Weinstein Company Sundance winner concerning the real life story of the murder of a young black Bay Area resident in 2009 opened as the Zimmerman trail was closing, providing a frightening, even-more-in-the-headlines sense of urgency to the from-the-headlines story. While it's strikingly cynical, it's a story that even media shark Harvey Weinstein himself couldn't have concocted to be so eerily in-sync. The awards hopeful had one of the years strongest per-screen averages of $53,000 on a mere seven screens, debuting to a stellar $377,000 first weekend gross, with the potential to be a counter-programming summer success story.
Crystal Fairy- Michael Cera's drug comedy, which debuted at Sundance this year, netted a $12,000 per-screen average on 2 screens.