Everything else, however, didn’t do so great.
Despite negative reviews, the comedy sequel of “Grown Ups” brought in an estimated $16.3 million in Friday ticket sales. Estimates for the full weekend, put the Adam Sandler/Chris Rock/Kevin James/David Spade comedy either in first place or in a tie for first place (with “Despicable Me 2”) for the full weekend.
The second place entry for Friday was the weekend’s other big release, “Pacific Rim.” With $14.6 million in Friday ticket sales, the action movie from Guillermo del Toro handily beat “Despicable Me 2” (adding $13.4 million to its nearly $200 million in week 1 sales). However, box office projections drop “Pacific Rim” to third place with sales dropping off during the weekend.
Elsewhere in the movie world, the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy, “The Heat,” pulled in another $4.2 million (for a total of $102 million to date), while “The Lone Ranger” kept on staggering to earn $3.4 million on Friday. The blockbuster wannabe has managed only $63 million throughout its release thus far.
“The Way, Way Back,” a coming of age story in its second week of limited release, dominated the indie market with $304,000 in ticket sales. Released in only 7 theaters nationwide, the new drama, “Fruitvale Station,” earned $127,000 with a whopping $18,000 per theater average.