Hollywood Beat: I'M SO EXCITED and THE HEAT Are Box Office Winners, RAY DONOVAN And UNDER THE DOME Rule TV

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In this week's column: Light-hearted fare rules the box office, both on the indie and mainstream charts. And, on the small screen, a Hollywood fixer and small-town hysteria dominate the news.

Box Office: I'M SO EXCITED Tops Indies

The latest offering from Pedro Almodóvar, I'm So Excited, topped the indie box office in the U.S. this weekend, averaging $20,600 on five screens, according to Indiewire. The report acknowleges, however, the relative weakness of that opening in comparison to other films by the Spanish maestro.

Museum Hours, directed by Jem Cohen, also did well ($14,718 each on two screens); among the holdovers, 20 Feet From Stardom ($5,284 average on 44 screens) nosed out Unfinished Song ($5,005 average on 19 screens).

In the duel between two new wide releases, The Heat easily topped White House Down; the lower-budgeted female buddy-cop movie earned $40 million, soundly defeating the higher-budgeted male-skewing action movie, which made a relatively paltry $25.7 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But both had to take their places behind Monsters University, which, in its second weekend, grossed $46.2 million. And audiences preferred zombies to presidents, goosing World War Z to another $30 million over the weekend.

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