Class in session by ‘Monsters U’ taking first over zombies and superheroes

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Credits: Disney Pixar

Credits: Disney Pixar

Class in session by ‘Monsters U’ taking first over zombies and superheroes

Zombie masses bull-rushed into theaters this weekend, but it was the nostalgiac prequel animation “Monsters U” that was at the top of its class.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their voice acting roles as would-be great monster scares Mike and Sullivan in Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” franchise. The second animated installment garnered $82. million to top the weekend of June 21 to June 23.

“Monsters U” wasn’t the only debuting movie over the latter June week’s ending. Brad Pitt stars in “World War Z”, a movie adapting from the whelmingly popular book. “World War Z” ran away with a second place for June 21 and 23 that whelms in piling up over the second weekend showing of “Man of Steel”.

While “World War Z” had ticket sales of $66. million over the Superman adaptation’s $41.2 million, “Man of Steel” remains formidable in both the domestic and international box office soaring.

David S. Goyer’s screenplay has its live action production totaling a worldwide $398.3 million, with #188. million taken in international showings. With “Man of Steel” ranking fifth for domestic gross in the box office, the Warner Bros. film is on the speeding bullet track to overtake the $216. million by “Star Trek Into Darkness”, $228.4 million set by third placing “Fast & Furious 6” and the early in the year pace-making $234.5 million from “Oz The Great and Powerful” at second place.

“Iron Man 3” holds first place in 2013’s domestic gross at $403.1 million.

Next weekend premieres (according to Yahoo Movies) includes two heavily marketed features: action-comedy “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, as well as Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx starring in the action-adventure “White House Down”.

(Box Office Mojo)

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