Clearly people were jonesing for another Monsters flick. Twelve years after Pixar released Monsters Inc., the furry creatures returned in a prequel and finished at the top of the box office class. Monsters University graduated with an impressive $82 million, marking the second highest Pixar opening behind only Toy Story 3 which opened with $110 million. With an ‘A’ CinemaScore from viewers, the family film should continue to do boffo business the rest of the summer.
Coming in second place was Brad Pitt’s World War Z. Despite bad buzz which has circled the film for months, the zombie flick walked away with an estimated $66 million this weekend, crushing industry expectations. This marks Pitt’s best opening. His previous best was Mr. & Mrs. Smith which opened to $50.3 million on its away to $186.3 million. With a solid ‘B+’ CinemaScore grade, the film should overtake the spy film co-starring his partner Angelina Jolie.
Last week’s top dog, Man of Steel fell an understandable 65% from its record-breaking opening. The Henry Cavill film has already beat what Superman Returns featuring Brandon Routh earned during its entire run. The surprise hit of the summer, Now You See Me, continued to impress. It notched another $7.9 million to $94.4, inching closer to the magical $100 milestone. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.