– by Joseph Jammer Medina

MonstersUniversityCropped“Monsters University” still has its “A” game at the box office.

The animation stayed in first place for the second straight weekend after fending off two newcomers to the box office. The prequel did earned a $46.2 million, a decrease of 44 percent from the previous weekend. In its 10-day total for release, it earned $171 million. But, it may have trouble with another animation out this week with “Despicable Me 2.”

As for Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat,” it started off strong with an estimated $40 million in second place. According to Box Office Mojo, it is Sandra Bullock’s biggest opening more than the “The Blind Side at $34.1 million. It also beat Melissa McCarthy’s biggest opening from “Identity Thief” at $34.6 million. And it did much better than Feig’s previous film “Bridesmaids” at $26.2 million.

Now it looks like ‘White House Down’ has fallen.

The Roland Emmerich-directed film landed with a thud as it earned $25.7 million, less than expected from industry estimates. It opened less than another White House terrorist plot film “Olympus Has Fallen,” which opened with $30.4 million earlier this year. And “White House Down” had bigger star power with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

In rounding out the top five, “World War Z” placed third with $29.8 million, a decrease of 55.1 percent from the previous weekend. And “Man of Steel” flies into fifth place with $20.8 million, a drop of 49.6 from the previous weekend. The Superman film has earned over $248 million in just three weeks.

Besides “Despicable Me 2,” Walt Disney Pictures are betting on Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger” for big fireworks for the holiday week.

Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s the full box office report below:

1. Monsters University $46.18 million
2. The Heat $40 million
3. World War Z $29.8 million
4. White House Down $25.7 million
5. Man of Steel $20.82 million
6. This is the End $8.7 million
7. Now You See Me $5.5 million
8. Fast & Furious 6 $2.41 million
9. Star Trek Into Darkness $2.04 million
10. The Internship $1.425 million

SOURCE: Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.