The Heat Scorches White House Down
Bullock-McCarthy buddy cop comedy has unexpectedly big opening weekend
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
Sandra Bullock, left, and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from 'The Heat.'   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Gemma La Mana)

(Newser) – It was a box office battle of the sexes this weekend, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's buddy cop comedy The Heat beating out Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's big-budget action flick White House Down in their opening weekends, the LA Times reports. The Heat did the best of any new film, and came out No. 2 overall, exceeding expectations by taking in $40 million. White House Down clocked in at No. 4 with a disappointing $25.7 million.

Pixar prequel Monsters University scared off the competition for a second week in a row, taking $46.2 million to retain its No. 1 position. Rounding out the top 5, World War Z came in at No. 3 with $29.8 million, and Man of Steel was No. 5 with $8.7 million.