Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Monsters University’ Schools ‘The Heat’ and ‘White House Down’

Monsters University

The box office charts served as a nice piece of vindication for Pixar this weekend—anybody who was skeptical of the merit and success of Monsters University has only to look at the charts to see they underestimated Pixar’s latest.

The film earned over $46.1 million over the weekend, allowing it to maintain its spot at the top of the weekend charts; so far, the film has grossed a very impressive $171 million; its performance this weekend leaves little doubt as to whether it will break $200 million. The real question is, will it be able to match the revenues of the original release of Monsters, Inc.?

One of the new releases at least made it to second place—this last week’s comedy release, The Heat, earned itself $40 million on its opening weekend, surpassing its estimated gross; an impressive feat for a comedy film.

The other new release was bumped still further down the chart by a holdout from last weekend, World War Z, which earned another $29.8 million for an impressive total of $123.7 million. After that came the less fortunate of the new releases, White House Down, which made a somewhat disappointing $25.7 million—a good $10 million less than its projected revenues. Still, a solid action film like this may redeem itself in the box office in the coming weeks. Finally, Man of Steel clung to the upper levels of the charts, making another $20.8 million for a stellar sum of $248.6 million.

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