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'Monsters University' Aces Opening Weekend

Robert Pace
June 24, 2013
'Monsters University' Aces Opening Weekend
'Monsters University' Aces Opening Weekend

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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