The box office results for the weekend of June 21st – 23rd has moviegoers attending Monsters University yet also running around in Brad Pitt’s World War Z. Both flicks had excellent debuts in route to knocking off Man of Steel from the top spot. Here are the studio estimates:

1. Monsters University ($82 million)

2. World War Z ($66 million)

3. Man of Steel ($41.2 million)

4. This Is the End ($13 million)

5. Now You See Me ($7.8 million)

6. Fast & Furious 6 ($4.7 million)

7. The Internship ($3.4 million)

8. The Purge ($3.4 million)

9. Star Trek Into Darkness ($3 million)

10. Iron Man 3 ($2.1 million)


Monsters University over-achieved by posting the 2nd highest opening weekend in Pixar’s history (2010’s Toy Story 3 snagged $110.3 million). Even with an assortment of marquee titles crowding theaters, the fam-friendly crowd were obviously looking for something to bring their little monsters to now that school is out for summer (Alice Cooper would be proud of this sentence). While the production budget has yet to be released, the recent batch of Disney-Pixar flicks usually ring up a production bill of $200 million. But once this sucker gets released overseas, this will surely make a profitable grade.

Although World War Z had to settle for 2nd place, its performance is quite impressive considering the mixed reviews regarding all the issues the film had getting made. Eventually, it took $200 million to finally put this zombie-drama together, but it may take an outbreak of international totals to justify the well-documented struggle Pitt & Co. had to go through in adapting the popular novel.

Man of Steel displayed its first sign of weakness dropping 65% from its opening weekend. The reboot of Superman is now up to $210 million domestically.

Iron Man 3 currently holds the longest streak in the top ten with 8 weeks and has risen to just over $403 million stateside.

Outside of the top ten, 20th Century Fox’s Epic has crossed the $100 million plateau. Worldwide this has reached $220 million off a production budget of $100 million.

This Friday, a couple of wild cards show up in White House Down and The Heat. Reviews will be right here my fellow Shockers!

Monsters University

By Joe Belcastro

Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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