'Monsters University' Aces Opening Weekend
By ROBERT PACE
June 23, 2013
The animated prequel Monsters University effortlessly passed with moviegoers this weekend, securing the No. 1 domestic spot with an estimated $82 million.
The Disney-Pixar film, starring Billy Crystal ("Mike Wazowski") and John Goodman ("Sulley") voicing the main characters, registered as the No. 2 Pixar opening of all time behind the recent sequel Toy Story 3 ($110 million).
As Monsters thrived, so did zombies in the apocalyptic action film World War Z. The Brad Pitt film reaped a monstrous $66 million in its opening weekend, easily becoming Pitt's highest domestic opening of his film career.
The colossal box-office weekend was rounded out by Superman film Man of Steel, which amped its domestic total to $210 million with a steady $41.2 million over the weekend. The action film, starring Henry Cavill, has pulled in nearly $400 million worldwide.
Finishing at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, were comedy This Is the End ($13 million, $57.8 million), starring Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, and magic thriller Now You See Me ($7.9 million, $94.5 million), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo.
Amid the success of freshmen films, tenured box-office films Fast & Furious 6 (No. 6: $4.8 million, $228.4 million) and Star Trek Into Darkness (No. 9: $3 million, $216.6 million) continued their successful theater runs.
The longest-running Top 10 film, Iron Man 3, passed another benchmark this week as it crossed the $400-million mark ($403.1 million), exceeding Jurassic Park as the No. 15 highest-grossing film in domestic history.