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Boston-based ‘The Heat’ takes in $40m at box office

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought ‘‘The Heat’’ against Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office. The Fox action-comedy starring the funny ladies as mismatched detectives in Boston earned $40 million and second place in its opening weekend, topping the $25.7 million debut haul of Sony’s ‘‘White House Down,’’ according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Disney-Pixar animated prequel ‘‘Monsters University’’ remained box-office winner in its second weekend, earning $46.1 million in first place.

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