The big animated money-makers of summer have more or less shot their bolts. But here's how total domestic accumulations for cartoon features in release shake out:
Total Domestic Box Office
Planes (#4) -- $64,798,000
Despicable Me 2 (#14) -- $352,530,000
The Smurfs 2 (#17) -- $64,554,000
Turbo -- (#19) -- $79,047,483
Two animated features, Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, did gangbuster business. Everything else (to use a polite term) underperformed general expectations. Nevertheless ...
... [T]he all-important summer box office season is wrapping up more than 10 percent higher than last year, on track to beat the summer of 2011's record $4.4 billion in revenue.
This was largely thanks to a calendar packed with big-budget tentpoles. "We've had 15 films that have done over $100 million this summer, compared with about 13 films last year, so it was a deeper slate than last year," said Eric Handler, an analyst at MKM Partners. ...
The studio at the bottom of the pile this summer: Sony. Both its "After Earth," and "White House Down" bombed. Not a single one of its films broke into the summer's Top 10. ...
We might add that The Smurfs 2 also wasn't a barn-burner (at least domestically), so it's kind of important that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 gets some traction.
Add On: The weekend box office per Ms. Finke:
Weekend Box Office
1. One Direction: This Is Us (TriStar/Sony) NEW [Runs 2,735] PG Friday $8.8M, Saturday $4.0M, 3-Day Weekend $16.9M, 4-Day Holiday $20.0M
2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) Week 3 [Runs 3,330] PG13 Friday $3.6M, Saturday $5.5M, 3-Day Weekend $14.8M, 4-Day Holiday $20.0M, Cume $79.2M
3. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 4 [Runs 3,445] R Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.5M, 3-Day Weekend $12.7M, 4-Day Holiday $16.0M, Cume $112.9M
4. Planes (Disney) Week 4 [Runs 3,259] PG Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.9M, 3-Day Weekend $7.7M, 4-Day Holiday $10.7M, Cume $73.8M
5. Instructions Not Included (Lionsgate) NEW [Runs 347] PG13 Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.7M, 3-Day Weekend $7.5M, 4-Day Holiday $9.3M
6. Elysium (Sony) Week 4 [Runs 2,539] R Friday $1.5M, Saturday $2.3M, 3-Day Weekend $6.3M, 4-Day Holiday $8.1M, Cume $80.2M
7. The Mortal Instruments (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,118]PG13 Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, 3-Day Weekend $5.6M, 4-Day Holiday $7.2M, Cume $24.6M
8. The World’s End (Focus Features) Week 2 [Runs 1,553] Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.8M, 3-Day Weekend $5.1M, 4-Day Holiday $6.7M, Cume $16.5M
9. Getaway (Warner Bros) NEW [Runs 2,130] PG13 Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.5M, 3-Day Weekend $4.5M, 4-Day Holiday $5.5M
10. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (Fox) Week 4 [Runs 2,393] PG Friday $980K, Saturday $1.7M, 3-Day Weekend $4.4M, 4-Day Holiday $6.0M, Cume $56.5M
Planes continues to cling to the fourth rung of the list, making steady money. One of the first times a feature from the sub-continent has gained a bit of traction. (Turbo collected $770,000 domestically this weekend, good for 19th place. It's only in 438 theaters at this point, but had a 20% bounce, this weekend to last. And the 3D showings of the snail accounted for just 25 percent of its total box office, the most underwhelming performance for the format yet. Moving View Master might be doing gangbusters overseas, but it isn't happening in a major way stateside.)