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‘Monsters University’ opens at top of class

June 24, 2013

The animated movie that tells how monster buddies Mike and Sulley became friends and honed their scaring skills.

LOS ANGELES: “Monsters University” – a prequel to Pixar’s 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc” – buried Brad Pitt zombie flick “World War Z” and took the top spot at the US box office, provisional figures showed Sunday.

The animated movie that tells how monster buddies Mike and Sulley became friends and honed their scaring skills took in US$82 million, compared to just US$66 million for the apocalyptic blockbuster, on their opening weekend.

Superman reboot “Man of Steel” dropped to third, bringing in US$41 million after opening in the top slot last weekend with earnings of US$116.6-million.

Coming in fourth was “This is the End,” an apocalyptic comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, which brought in US$13 million, according to figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Sleeper hit “Now You See Me,” about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective who hunt down a team of illusionists performing bank heists during their shows, came in fifth with US$7.9 million.

Action sequel “Fast & Furious 6,” starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, added another US$4.7 million, taking its outright haul to US$228 million and putting it in sixth place.

In seventh was the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy “The Internship,” which sees the “Wedding Crashers” co-stars competing with tech wizards after scoring an internship at Google. The film took in US$3.4 million.

Low-budget horror film “The Purge” – which scored a surprisingly strong opening two weeks ago to top the box office – fell to eighth place with US$3.4 million.

However, the US$3 million Universal feature starring Ethan Hawke and “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey has now earned a total of US$59 million, with a sequel already in the works, according to industry reports.

Summer blockbusters “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and “Iron Man 3” rounded out the top ten, bringing in US$3 million and US$2.2 million, respectively. “Iron Man 3” has made more than US$400 million since its release two months ago.



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