Another weekend, another big-budget misfire at the summer box office.
Following the failure of the pricey action flicks "After Earth," "White House Down" and "The Lone Ranger,"
The 3-D family film collected $44.8 million domestically this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures, raising its domestic total to an impressive $229.2 million. Close behind was
As for "Pacific Rim," its third-place, $38.3-million opening is at least slightly better than pre-release audience surveys had suggested on Thursday. Heading into the weekend, industry tracking projected the movie would launch with between $30 million and $35 million. Still, with such a substantial budget, the movie will have to do massive business overseas if it is to avoid being considered a disappointment.
Meanwhile, "Grown Ups 2" narrowly beat the opening of its 2010 predecessor -- not adjusting for inflation. Three years ago, the original opened with $40.5 million and went on to collect $162 million in the U.S. and Canada -- roughly 60% of its overall $271.4-million global total. The film is the second-highest live-action debut ever for Sandler, behind the $47.6-million opening of 2007's "The Longest Yard."
After years of regularly hitting the $100-million mark at the box office, Sandler had been on somewhat of a cold streak. His last two non-animated movies,