Futuristic giant robots may be designed to defeat monsters but they seem to be no match for a bunch of middle aged comics.
Grown Ups 2 headed into the weekend tracking ahead of Guillermo del Toro's ambitious sci fi effort Pacific Rim at the box office with a $16 million take Friday night compared with $14.6 million for Pacific Rim. Those who have seen early ticket sales numbers estimate that Grown Ups 2 could amass a weekend total of $46 million while Pacific Rim is estimated to bring in $37 million
The prospective total marks a vindication of sorts for the Adam Sandler led comedy which also features fellow veteran comics David Spade Kevin James and Chris Rock. Heading into the weekend Grown Ups 2 received some of the most negative reviews of the summer with just a 7% score on the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps significantly the same website indicated a markedly different reception from the viewer perspective with a 90% audience approval rating from more than 50 000 respondents.
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By contrast Pacific Rim opened to mostly positive reviews but stands to come in at third this weekend behind a still strong Despicable Me 2 which is on track for an estimated weekend earnings of another $43 million. The total should push the sequel to the 2010 animated film over the $200 million mark in its second week since opening on July 4.
The Heat is expected to come in fourth this weekend with an estimated take of $4.2 million on Friday which pushed the Paul Feig directed comedy over $100 million. Disney's The Lone Ranger continued to underperform and looks poised to round out the top five while taking in an estimated $3.4 million on Friday.
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