Comstock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Warner Bros.’ new horror film The Conjuring took first place at the box office this weekend, while Despicable Me 2 continued to perform well in second place. The Conjuring , a haunted house film starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, brought in $41.5 million its opening weekend off of a $19.5 million production cost. It was directed by James Wan, best known for his much more gore-filled Saw series, and has mostly received good reviews. Despicable Me 2 took second, beating newcomers Turbo and Red 2 , which opened in third and fifth, respectively. Despicable Me 2 is poised to break the $300 million mark in North America.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images (TUNISIA) — The house that Darth Vader lived in back when he was still Anakin Skywalker may soon be overrun by sand dunes, BBC News reports. The house along with other buildings of the fictional city of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine, are actually a set in the Tunisian desert, as seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace . A new study measuring the rate of movement of sand dunes suggests that the set will soon be buried. The crescent-shaped wind-blown dunes, also known as barchans, are moving about 15 feet a year, according to Ralph Lorenz, from Johns Hopkins University.
Universal (NEW YORK) – Despicable Me 2 topped the Fourth of July weekend box office, bringing in $142.1 million over five days to set a new record for the biggest five day opening for an animated film. The Lone Ranger , starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer brought in a somewhat underwhelming $48.9 million over the course of its first five days given its big-budget. Returning movies continued to perform well.
Buena Vista/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking live-action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The movie starred Bob Hoskins as a detective who aids a cartoon rabbit, Roger, accused of murder. Not only did the film popularize Roger Rabbit and his wife, the voluptuous, animated human Jessica Rabbit, it also brought together dozens of classic cartoon characters. To date, it’s the only project in which Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny have shared screen time.
Columbia Pictures (NEW YORK) — Spielberg and Lucas; Poehler and Fey; Damon and Affleck — the “best buddies as successful work partners” genre is hardly new within Hollywood. But few duos are as self-referential about their real-life friendship in their movies as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Best friends since meeting at a Bar Mitzvah when they were 13-year-olds growing up in Vancouver, Canada, Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote the raunchy comedy Superbad and the cancer dramedy 50/50 . Both films were inspired by pivotal events in their friendship and featured Rogen acting on-screen.
ABC News (NEW YORK) — After working together on their beloved Before Sunrise trilogy over the course of 18 years, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy say their working relationship is a lot like a marriage, except for one important detail. “We actually listen to each other,” quipped Hawke. “Most married couples don’t.” “[And] without an agenda!” added Delpy. The Before saga’s latest installment, Before Midnight , is now playing in U.S
Zade Rosenthal/Paramount Pictures (NEW YORK) — Spock beat Stark this weekend at the box office, as Star Trek: Into Darkness took the top spot from Iron Man 3. The second installment of director J.J. Abrams re-booted Star Trek franchise opened on 3,868 IMAX and traditional movie screens across the country in both and 3D and 2D. Since its opening on Thursday to Sunday the flick has brought in over $90 million, the highest of any movie in the franchise. Adams’ 2009 Star Trek had a weekend debut of $79.2 million.
Marvel (NEW YORK) — Iron Man 3 is a huge hit. The superhero movie took in an estimated $175 million in its opening weekend in the U-S. That’s the second highest opening ever, behind last year’s The Avengers which also featured Iron Man. It also managed the ninth highest single-day gross of all time, raking in $68.312 million on Friday.
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures (NEW YORK) – Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain took the top spot at the box office this weekend, drawing in $20 million. Oblivion fell 53 percent from its debut last week and came in second with $17.4 million. The Big Wedding , an R-rated comedy aimed at older audiences debuted in fourth place. The weekend marked the final weekend before the summer movie season begins in earnest.
Warner Bros. (HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) — The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 smashed expectations, opening to an estimated $27.3 million. It’s the best opening ever for a baseball movie, and it earned a rare A+ cinemascore from audiences. Far behind in second, Scary Movie 5 opened to a disappointing 15.2 million, according to studio estimates. It’s the worst opening for the franchise—Scary Movie 4 earned $40 million opening weekend in 2006