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'Monsters' tops female cop comedy 'The Heat' at box office

This publicity photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Melissa McCarthy, left, as Detective Shannon Mullins, and Sandra Bullock as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, in a scene from the film, "The Heat." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox, Gemma La Mana)

Family-friendly "Monsters University" topped U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second straight weekend, fending off competition from two new releases, the female buddy comedy "The Heat" and the explosion-filled thriller "White House Down."

"Monsters University" from Walt Disney Co's Pixar animation studio sold $46.2 million worth of tickets at domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. The movie is a prequel to the 2001 hit "Monsters Inc."

"The Heat," headlined by Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, landed in second place, grabbing $40 million. Bullock plays an uptight FBI agent paired with a loud and aggressive cop (McCarthy) to bring down a drug lord.

"World War Z," the zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt as a former U.N. crisis specialist fighting the undead, slipped one notch to finish third in its second week of release, earning $29.8 million during the weekend domestically.

The action movie "White House Down," the story of a terrorist attack in the U.S. capital, finished in the No. 4 slot with $25.7 million. The movie from "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Sony Corp's movie studio released "White House Down." Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc, distributed "World War Z." "The Heat" was distributed by the 20th Century Fox studio, a unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the company formerly known as News Corp.

 

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