US Weekend Box Office Results: 'Grown Ups 2' Defies Critics By Placing Ahead Of 'Pacific Rim'

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Grown Ups 2 has placed ahead of Pacific Rim in the US Weekend Box Office. Adam Sandler's comedy received highly critical reviews, in contrast with the mixed response Pacific Rim received.

Guillermo Del Toro
Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro at the film's London Premiere.

Critics may have universally panned Adam Sandler's latest comedic contribution yet it's somehow managed to beat the other new release, Pacific Rim, in the US Weekend Box Office (12th-14th July). Despicable Me 2 topped the Box Office charts for the second week in a row. 

Grown Ups 2 has been described by critics as "lousy", "gross" and lacking in "continuity or logic". In contrast reviews of Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim have been mixed but considerably more favourable than any written of Grown Ups 2

Pacific Rim has been described as "heart-warming" (Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail) and "humanistic" (Ann Hornaday - Washington Post). Others say Del Toro "cheerfully embraces the mock seriousness that such films embrace in" (Philip French - The Observer) and better by far than any of the Transformers franchise. 

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Superman: Man of Steel remains in the top 10 at number 10, although this may be its last week as its position last week was at number 7. Since the film's release, over a month ago, is has remained in the top 10.

Alongside Sandler, Grown Ups 2 stars David Spade (Rules Of Engagement), Kevin James (King Of Queens) and Chris Rock (What To Expect When You're Expecting). Pacific Rim stars Charlie Humman (Sons of Anarchy); Idris Elba (Prometheus); Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses); Rob Kazinsky (True Blood) and Max Martini (The Unit).

The rest of the Box Office chart is made up of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's The Heat which moved from 3rd to 4th place. The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp shifting up 3 places to number 5. Finally Monsters University moved from 4th to 6th place. 

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Adam Sandler at the New York Premiere of Grown Ups 2.

Also hanging on in the charts is Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's White House Down; Brad Pitt's World War Z and Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Whether or not Grown Ups 2 will remain in the top 5 of the charts remains to be seen as there are a number of new releases due out on 19th July. These include Red 2 and R.I.P.D. 

Steve Carell
Steve Carell at the L.A. premiere of Despicable Me 2.


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