It’s action (with comedy) against comedy (with action) at the box office this weekend, but it shall be a cartoon that rules them all. “Monsters University”is expected to dominate for a second consecutive weekend, as newcomers “White House Down” and “The Heat” duke it out for the runner-up position. Each picture boasts A-list talent with recent successes under their belts.
“White House Down” stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, who were recently subjected to MTV News’ own Josh Horowitz’s “Yes/No” show (including a question about porn), but that wasn’t quite as terrifying as the stakes Tatum’s cop and Foxx’s president face defending the White House from bad guys. A similar premise was mined in “Olympus Has Fallen” earlier this year, although neither movie received a “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Both hovered just under 50 percent, in fact. “WHD” is the latest flick from director Roland Emmerich, who of course blew up the White House in “Independence Day.”
Tatum and Foxx are proven box-office draws, but it’s important to remember that Melissa McCarthy had the year’s first big hit with “Identity Thief,” a post-”Bridesmaids” victory lap that proved how much more audiences would like to see her. McCarthy’s action-comedy team-up with Sandra Bullock, “The Heat,” is expected to have the advantage over the boys for the #2 spot. “The Heat” has gotten a lot of good reviews, too, sitting at 67 percent on the Tomatometer as it rolled into the weekend.
“The Heat” reunited McCarthy with “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig. MTV News recently caught up with both of them to find out the crazies moments on set, which included some onset inebriation.
“Monsters University” should still beat “The Heat,” with “White House Down” coming in at #3, Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” at #4 and “Man of Steel” continuing to drop, this time to #5.