'Monsters University' opens at top of class

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, figures showed Monday.
The animated movie that tells how monster buddies Mike and Sulley became friends and honed their scaring skills took in $82.4 million, compared to just $66.4 million for the apocalyptic blockbuster, on their opening weekend.

Superman reboot "Man of Steel" dropped to third, bringing in $41.3 million after opening in the top slot last weekend with earnings of $116.6-million.
Coming in fourth was "This is the End," an apocalyptic comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which brought in $13.3 million, according to 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 $7.9 million.
Action sequel "Fast & Furious 6," starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, added another $4.9 million, taking its outright haul to $228.6 million and putting it in sixth place.
In seventh was low-budget horror film "The Purge" -- which scored a surprisingly strong opening two weeks ago to top the box office -- with $3.6 million.
However, the $3 million Universal feature starring Ethan Hawke and "Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey has now earned a total of $59.6 million, with a sequel already in the works, according to industry reports.
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, fell to eighth place with $3.4 million.
Summer blockbusters "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" rounded out the top ten, bringing in $3.2 million and $2.2 million, respectively. "Iron Man 3" has made more than $400 million since its release two months ago.

Tuesday, June 25th 2013

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