June 24 2013

Monsters University Scares Up the Top Spot at the Box Office

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Pixar is a hit making machine and looks unlikely to slow down any time soon.

Monsters University continued the winning ways of Disney’s Pixar by scoring $82 million at the box office this weekend to easily win the weekend. This is the second best opening ever for the studio, beaten only by Toy Story 3 that opened with $110 million.

Second place went to Brad Pitt’s World War Z zombie flick which opened with a higher than expected $66 million. Apparently Paramount is claiming it’s the largest opening for an “original” action flick since Avatar. (How is it “original” when it’s loosely based on a book?)

Man Of Steel tumbled 64.7 percent to land in third place with $41.2 million, but considering it’s huge opening weekend and how it’s performing globally, no one is going to complain.

Fourth place went to This is the End which slid only 37.3 percent from its opening weekend to take in $13 million. This places it at $57.7 million off of a $32 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Now You See Me with $7.8 million. This brings its domestic total to $94.4 million off of a $75 million dollar budget.

Outside of the top five, Will Smit’s After Earth is bombing hard. In only its fourth week of release the film landed in 14th place with $850,000 bringing its domestic total to $57.3 million. Globally it has done $171.5 million off of a $130 million dollar budget. That may look like a profit, but believe me, it’s not.

Next week’s big releases include the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy The Heat, and White House Down.

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