Box Office Guru Wrapup: Monsters University Schools the Competition

World War Z and Man of Steel round out the top three.

With two new monster hits combining to take in nearly $150M alone, the North American box office exploded this weekend with the top 10 grossing $226M becoming the second highest grossing weekend of the year and one of the top grossing weekends of all time.

Leading the way in the now traditional mid-June slot was the Disney/Pixar prequel Monsters University which grossed an estimated $82M this weekend, becoming the second highest opening for all Pixar films behind only 2010's Toy Story 3 which opened to $110M. Pixar films for the most part have opened in the $60-70M range as 8 of their now 14 releases have hit that mark. All 14 films by the way have opened #1 during their first weekend of wide release. Monsters University tapped into the love for the Monsters characters which were launched way back in 2001 with Monsters Inc. which opened to $62.5M on its way to a lifetime total of $255.8M. Monsters Inc. was only the 4th Pixar release so not only did Monsters University use the nostalgia pop for their own characters, they were able to use over a decade of goodwill for the Pixar brand itself. Monsters U. also opened in 35 territories internationally and took in an additional $54.5M for a worldwide total of $136.5M so far. And with an 'A' CinemaScore from viewers, look for the family film to eat up box office receipts the rest of the summer.

Second place belonged to a different kind of monster as Paramount unleased the zombie flick World War Z to impressive results. The Brad Pitt starrer took in an estimated $66M this weekend, crushing industry expectations. Bad buzz had circled the film for months after word got out the entire third act was being re-filmed, but audiences didn't care as they gave the film a solid 'B+' CinemaScore grade and obviously came out in droves to get a taste of Pitt and the zombies. Z now becomes Pitt's highest opening weekend soundly defeating 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (co-starring Angelina Jolie) which opened to $50.3M on its way to $186.3M, currently Pitt's highest grossing film overall. Internationally World War Z has amassed $46M for a worldwide total to date of $112M with many territories still to open.

Third place belonged to Man of Steel which fell an understandable 65% from its record-breaking opening last weekend to an estimated $41.2M bringing its cume to $210M, or, $10M more than Superman Returns made in its entire run. While Man of Steel fell a little bit harder than anticipated considering the largely positive reviews and obvious audience response, it still has a good chance of hitting the $300M mark. In fourth place was the R-rated comedy This is the End which fell a slim 37% to an estimated $13M bringing its cume to $57.8M, with the $100M milestone still within range.

In fifth place was arguably the surprise hit of the summer, Now You See Me, which took in $7.9M this weekend, according to estimates, for a total gross of $94.4M, within ear shot of the $100M club. Remarkable for a film that had almost zero buzz coming into the summer season. Sixth place belonged to a film everyone had heard of, Fast & Furious 6 which took an another $4.7M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $228M.

Comedy flop The Internship landed in seventh this weekend with an estimated $3.4M, bringing its total to a disappointing $38M. It'll be lucky to even hit its production budget of $58M by the end of its run. On the opposite end of the spectrum was another surprise hit, the horror-thriller The Purge which took in an estimated $3.4M this weekend bringing its total to an impressive $59M, off of a budget of only $3M. While star power certainly helps some films, this summer people are also lining up for concepts they like.

Rounding out the top 10 were two expected smashes in Star Trek Into Darkness (estimated $3M this weekend for a total of $216.6M) and Iron Man 3 which added an additional $2.2M to its already overflowing coffers, bringing its total up to a remarkable $403.1M. It now stands at #15 on the all-time list, just a hair behind fellow Marvel superhero Spider-Man.

Outside of the top 10 The Bling Ring expanded to 650 theaters and grossed an estimated $2M for a somewhat disappointing $3,077 per screen average. The expansion was actually poorer than the last major release from studio A24, Spring Breakers, which went wide in March and had a per screen average of $4,401. That film ended up with a $14M total gross.

The top ten films grossed $226.8M which was up a stellar 49% from last year when Brave opened at number one with $66.3M; and up 38% from 2011 when Cars 2 debuted in the top spot with $66.1M.

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Comments

Jeff Edburg

Jeff Edburg

Monsters University was okay, but totally lacked the charm and excitement of Monsters, Inc. I say just rent it.

Jun 23 - 01:52 PM

Nellie  D.

Nellie Dolly

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Jun 27 - 12:37 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

"MU" was surprisingly enjoyable, though not as good as the original and most of the other Pixar films; some of the humor missed the mark and some members of the supporting cast could've used a little more development, but I still liked it.

Jun 23 - 02:14 PM

spatterson205

Shane Patterson

Just got back from seeing MU with my 6 year old. It was pretty good, not great. Do not pay for the 3D like I just did, totally a waste of $$. He wants to see Epic so bad, anyone seen it?

Jun 24 - 01:34 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

I actually really like MU. It was funny, entertaining, and the third act definitely brought back some feelings of great Pixar.

Jun 23 - 03:10 PM

Greg Iacono

Greg Iacono

MU was a really fun film. What more do you need?

Jun 23 - 03:53 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Good for Pixar and Superman. While I am displeased overall with how World War Z turned out, I am not mad that Pitt got a big hit. He has been doing a lot of quality work these last few years, and deserved a big financial success after Killing Them Softly was completely ignored by audiences and the awards circuit.

Jun 23 - 04:27 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Where do you see this film going next week? BO wise.

Jun 24 - 01:08 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think WWZ will take pretty good hit this weekend, as White House Down is probably going to steal a lot of the core audience away. Unless audiences are smart and realize we saw White House Down once this year already, and decide to give more money to the zombie actioner.

Jun 24 - 08:43 PM

Greg Cochran

Greg Cochran

World War Z was pretty solid, but not great. I'm sure a directors cut is in store for the gore hounds since for a zombie movie, there was very little gory scenes.

Jun 23 - 04:35 PM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

Preach brother. Preach.

Jun 24 - 02:57 AM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

I enjoyed WWZ last night though it was a pale comparison to my favorite '28' series (i.e. the lack of gore) but it opens a lot of intriguing premise for a possible sequel.

Jun 23 - 04:37 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Quite frankly, Man of Steel's drop is reasonable, seeing as it has been consistently getting about 12 mil every day this past week. Also, its doing far better than any other previous Superman movie.

Jun 23 - 09:16 PM

Luck  Dragon

Luck Dragon

65% is a pretty hefty drop in one week, no? I was very unimpressed with the film. The only parts that were really interesting to me was the (very well done) flashbacks and the extremely briefs scenes of Lois at the office or trying to track him down. Otherwise, it was so SCI-FI over FUN FANTASY. Crumbling skyscrapers just like Transformers (with the added discomfort of people running from billowing dust clouds between buildings and ashen faced characters trying to save someone (I think I was supposed to care? Had we met her before?) from twisted metal and concrete ala 9/11). Then it was like WWF in the air. It became so tiresome. I just wanted it to end at that point.

Jun 24 - 10:27 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I agree with you for the most part. I felt that the best scene in the entire movie was that beautiful tornado scene, probably the best thing I've seen so far this year. The fight scenes were rather overwhelming and I would've appreciated it if they laid off a bit on the explosions. But overall, I think that this is a good direction for the film series to start off in and I'm hoping that they'll improve on what they started here.

Jun 24 - 11:19 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

It was uncomfortable how many people died at the end. It was very distracting. I laughed out loud when ma Kent said how his father would have loved to see him become Superman. Really? He would have loved to see millions of people die? And it was Supes fault, really. And the film tries to show him as the hero of the day!

Jun 24 - 08:14 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The collateral damage was my only complaint against the movie, and it could have been fixed if the move would have acknowledged the fact that there were so many innocents killed. They could have probably spun that into a rather intriguing "cost of being hero" arc for the entire series that would have been reminiscent of Alan Moore's Miracleman. Interesting note, the original story treatment from Goyer, Nolan, and Snyder was WAAAAAAAAAY different, but one thing it did acknowledge multiple times was the collateral damage caused by Superman, Zod, and Faora.

Jun 24 - 08:48 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Every time someone went flying through four buildings,I was trying to guess how many people got taken out.

Jun 24 - 09:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Agreed. I would have appreciated a scene where the human death toll is acknowledged and weighs on Superman's sense of moral responsibility. The fact that these victims remain invisible pushes the film into Transformer-like disaster porn.

Jun 25 - 10:24 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

mmmmmmmm, disaster porn.

Jun 25 - 11:29 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Yo Infernal Dude, we still doing that sitcom?

Jun 25 - 08:46 PM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

@Tphon Q, here is a game: count how many times in the movie somebody flies through a structure. I bet it is at least 50 times.

Jun 26 - 02:19 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

*uncomfortable with

Jun 24 - 08:56 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

*I was uncomfortable with....oh forget it...

Jun 25 - 11:28 AM

Duddy112

Fuddy Duddy

Man of steel was good I liked it quite a bit. I did however think the fight between general zod , and superman was little too long. Some parts of the dialague were a little cheesy , but nothing major. The entire cast did a good job. So Overall it was good. I also saw world war z and enjoyed that as well. Yeah the zombies were Cgi , but I got over it. I wouldn't say l enjoyed it as much as 28 days later , but still enjoyable. I hope it continues to do well in the coming weeks.

Jun 23 - 10:57 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Where do you see this film going next week? BO wise.

Jun 24 - 01:08 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think WWZ will take pretty good hit this weekend, as White House Down is probably going to steal a lot of the core audience away. Unless audiences are smart and realize we saw White House Down once this year already, and decide to give more money to the zombie actioner.

Jun 24 - 08:43 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

MU looks like the most purely entertaining Pixar Film since Toy Story 3, and while I don't expect it to come close to that film (or even it's predecessor), I firmly believe it will be the first step to Pixar getting back their A-Game. World War z looks okay, but not the kind of film I'm gonna put money into.

Jun 24 - 02:14 AM

Joem Cua Lee

Joem Cua Lee

Preach brother. Preach.

Jun 24 - 02:57 AM

spatterson205

Shane Patterson

The thing about MOS - I left the theater liking it alot, mainly because I'm a huge Superman fan, but I've liked it less as time has gone by. Many people might be like me and will wait to see it again on Blu-Ray. Can't see me paying the $$ to see it twice. Gonna take the little one to see MU this week.

Jun 24 - 06:12 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

You just described how I feel about MoS.

Jun 24 - 10:32 AM

Erric E.

Erric Emerson

"Considering the largely positive reviews." Really? Thats being very kind for a movie with 56% on RT. Even the consensus doesn't sound accurate. Why are they pretending Man of Steel is at like 75%?

Jun 24 - 07:59 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Services rendered.

Jun 24 - 10:13 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Follow the money. Warner Bros. is the parent company that owns this website, and is also the company that put out Man of Steel.

Jun 24 - 10:15 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean Warner Brothers own "Boxoficeguru.com" because that is where the article is 'copied and pasted' from! Also, they're many consensus movie sites which the only ones I go to are RT and imdb.com, for we don't know which one Sujit Chawla is going by because imdb.com gave Man Of Steel as of right now a flat out 8.0 while RT audience users give it an 82%!

Jun 25 - 01:10 PM

Erric E.

Erric Emerson

This is true. But considering that RT, IMDB, and perhaps Metacritic are the most popular review sites, I'd hope that RT adheres to their own sites statistics, just as I'd hope Metacritic would adhere to theirs.

Jun 25 - 04:45 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I really enjoyed Monsters U and so did the kids. All my favorite critics have enjoyed World War Z so I might rent it some day..or watch it on FX or something.

Crazy how One week Man of Steel was set to rival the biggest films of the summer to becoming a film that will do very respectable....1st to 3rd defiantly isn't the marquee of a Marvel film yeah but still people are acting like this is a big surprise. My attitude is, It all ready has a sequel green lit so who cares if its no where near Iron Man 3 Money. We Got a Sequel!

Jun 24 - 09:24 AM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

WWZ was really quite good. The last act was by far the worst part of the movie, with a weird shift in tone. The action set pieces felt a little crammed together as well. But there were plenty of great images that reawakened in me my greatest fear: crowds.

Jun 24 - 09:45 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Services rendered.

Jun 24 - 10:13 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Follow the money. Warner Bros. is the parent company that owns this website, and is also the company that put out Man of Steel.

Jun 24 - 10:15 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean Warner Brothers own "Boxoficeguru.com" because that is where the article is 'copied and pasted' from! Also, they're many consensus movie sites which the only ones I go to are RT and imdb.com, for we don't know which one Sujit Chawla is going by because imdb.com gave Man Of Steel as of right now a flat out 8.0 while RT audience users give it an 82%!

Jun 25 - 01:10 PM

Erric E.

Erric Emerson

This is true. But considering that RT, IMDB, and perhaps Metacritic are the most popular review sites, I'd hope that RT adheres to their own sites statistics, just as I'd hope Metacritic would adhere to theirs.

Jun 25 - 04:45 PM

Luck  Dragon

Luck Dragon

65% is a pretty hefty drop in one week, no? I was very unimpressed with the film. The only parts that were really interesting to me was the (very well done) flashbacks and the extremely briefs scenes of Lois at the office or trying to track him down. Otherwise, it was so SCI-FI over FUN FANTASY. Crumbling skyscrapers just like Transformers (with the added discomfort of people running from billowing dust clouds between buildings and ashen faced characters trying to save someone (I think I was supposed to care? Had we met her before?) from twisted metal and concrete ala 9/11). Then it was like WWF in the air. It became so tiresome. I just wanted it to end at that point.

Jun 24 - 10:27 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I agree with you for the most part. I felt that the best scene in the entire movie was that beautiful tornado scene, probably the best thing I've seen so far this year. The fight scenes were rather overwhelming and I would've appreciated it if they laid off a bit on the explosions. But overall, I think that this is a good direction for the film series to start off in and I'm hoping that they'll improve on what they started here.

Jun 24 - 11:19 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

You just described how I feel about MoS.

Jun 24 - 10:32 AM

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