Friday Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and WORLD WAR Z Top Giant Day at the US Box Office

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In the wake of last week’s giant Man of Steel premiere, the domestic box office is poised for another blockbuster frame, thanks to Monsters University and World War Z. No surprise, Pixar’s fourteenth studio release took top honors Friday: earning an estimated $30.5 million from 4,004 locations (including $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows). That puts the Monsters, Inc. prequel on track for $80 million through Sunday – the second highest Pixar debut, after Toy Story 3.

No disrespect to Sully and Mike, but the bigger story this weekend may be World War Z. The adaptation of Max Brooks’ popular zombie-plague novel was dogged by production problems and bad press on its way to the screen, resulting in modest first-weekend projections of about $40 million. But after earning $25 million from 3,607 locations on Friday (including $3.6 million from Thursday & midnight previews), World War Z  is now expected to over-perform to the tune of $60 million through Sunday. That would mark a career high for producer/star Brad Pitt, whose previous best was 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We’ll have more on what should be the biggest June weekend of all time tomorrow, including an update on Man of Steel – off by 71% on day one of its sophomore frame.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Monsters University $30,510,000 $30.5
2.  World War Z $25,000,000 $25
3.  Man of Steel $12,700,000 $181.4
4.  This Is The End $4,100,000 $48.8
5.  Now You See Me $2,450,000 $89



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  • Lulz 2 B Had By ME

    Man of Steel? More like Man of fucking fail! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Down 71%? I guess people hated it lulz ;) OLA OLA OLA OLA, OLA, OLA, OLA. OLA, OLA OLA OLA,OLA, OLA.
    So Nolanites it appears this is the first in many failures to come for your messiah. 57% Rotten on Rotten tomatoes. They say Man of Steel has a sequel in the fast track but I doubt we’ll see it with this stank box office. Time to learn a new trick Nolan you one trick pony punk ass b-tch.

    • jan

      Nolan haters are as bad as nolanites. And you really have no idea about Box Office do you?
      MoS faced 145m+ competition on this weekend alone. Both of which ended targeting the same demos (family+adults). It’s not a good drop, but it does not mean it’s a poor WOM as it is headed to beat TASM as the most successful reboot. Regardless of the quality, from BO alone, MoS is a huge success (huge opening in China and it’s headed 60m there alone). It’s killing Superman Returns numbers, and most beat its lifetime gross in one weekend.
      If MoS2 takes late july spot that batman films have used, it will going to have better legs unless it’s as bad as SM3 level. That film had toxic WOM.

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  • Yup

    Off by 71%.
    You’d think that was bad…

    Except that people didn’t have to wait until June 21 to see it.” After June 16.
    They had Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to see it.

    So…after June 16, it had 121 Million and in 5 Days it got up to 181 million.

    So for awhile week it held firm and averaged 12 Million a Day.

    Sounds good to me! Bring on ‘Man of Steel 2′!

    • Nicole

      You have a point about the MoS holds from last week. Measuring percentage drops is not a straightforward way to determine “good” v. “bad”. Friday-to-Friday drops are almost always extreme for movies that come out big out of the gate and – make no mistake – MoS did come out big. The movies’ hold just isn’t going to be as strong this weekend as some fans may have hoped for. ..

      • Yup

        Right.
        So if the audience wasn’t allowed to see it Mon-Thursday.

        It would have made 60 Million on Friday alone.
        If everyone who had seen it it, Mon-Thursday decided to see it on Friday.

        Howcwould the percentage look Friday to Friday if it’s second Friday pulled in $60 Million?

    • jan

      These numbers were with most watched NBA finals telecast in recent history as well as NHL finals and confederations cup.
      MoS got hit hard by them and now competition from WWZ and MU.
      Regardless, it’s a success even without taking consideration of product placement money it got before the movie was released.

  • Tommy

    Not a surprise. That A- Cinemascore came from diehard, hyped Superman fans on opening night, but I just knew it was going to get mixed word-of-mouth and polarizing reactions from general audiences just judging from the vastly mixed opinions of the people I know who saw it. Or even from the audience I saw it.

  • Tommy

    Not a surprise. That A- Cinemascore came from diehard, hyped Superman fans on opening night, but I just knew it was going to get mixed word-of-mouth and polarizing reactions from general audiences just judging from the vastly mixed opinions of the people I know who saw it. Or even from the audience I saw it.

  • RiddleThemThis

    I have yet to find someone in real life who has seen Man Of Steel and disliked it. I’ve heard nothing but good things from people I know, online critics and such say otherwise. Hell, according to rottentomatoes spider-man 3 is better than MOS.

  • RiddleThemThis

    I have yet to find someone in real life who has seen Man Of Steel and disliked it. I’ve heard nothing but good things from people I know, online critics and such say otherwise. Hell, according to rottentomatoes spider-man 3 is better than MOS.

    • Lex Walker

      Spider-man 3 was made in a time when our esteem of what a comic book movie could be wasn’t nearly as high. Sure, X2 and Spidey 2 were critically acclaimed in their own right, but the recent Marvel and Batman runs have made people really reconsider what a good CBM really is. Spider-man 3 really benefits from lower expectations, though that’s not to say that MOS isn’t without its share of flaws (just none as technically bad as S3)

      • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

        Precisely. People seem to forget that standards change as more films, for better or worse, come out.

    • Lex Walker

      Spider-man 3 was made in a time when our esteem of what a comic book movie could be wasn’t nearly as high. Sure, X2 and Spidey 2 were critically acclaimed in their own right, but the recent Marvel and Batman runs have made people really reconsider what a good CBM really is. Spider-man 3 really benefits from lower expectations, though that’s not to say that MOS isn’t without its share of flaws (just none as technically bad as S3)

    • Ioe

      I think Man of Steel IS as bad as Spider-Man 3. Maybe worse. I wasn’t bored out of my mind watching Spider-Man 3.

      They both suffer from bad scripts, or in Spider-Man 3′s case NO script since the studio threw it away and forced them to make it up as it went along.

      Man of Steel is absolutely stunning on an action and scale level. But it’s SO empty. Devoid of any character or personality or heart or charm or anything. I found it almost unwatchable and I couldn’t wait for it to end.

      And I think a lot of people felt the way I did judging by the weak word-of-mouth.

  • GranPuto

    MOS made Almost $350 Million in 9 Days and it Wasn’t even Worldwide for
    The 9 Days, MOS will make Over $300 Million in USA and $800 Million
    Internationally, if it Wasn’t in 3D i would doubt it But because is Good
    and in 3D and i know $1.1 Billion Worldwide makes sense…i love Amy
    Adams and Antje Traue

  • jan

    Not a good drop, but it is no way an indicative of a poor WOM. The movie has solid, not great or bad, WOM from the fact that it will be the most successful reboot DOM, possible 300m DOM and definite 700m+ WW. It got hurt from WWZ over-performing by 20m+ from the expected OW and MU taking away huge chunk of family audience. MoS faced upwards of 145m competition. Again, the drop is bad, but WOM is not bad as some people make out to be. Oh yeah did I say 700m+WW and most successful reboot?

    • Lex Walker

      What’s fueling your speculation about 700m+ WW? Based on China’s opening, traditionally the foreign box office’s biggest contributor, MOS’s international numbers don’t look like they’ll be coming anywhere near 700m+ WW. For one it tanked in South Korea which is usually a sizable contributor to foreign BO and in the UK a similar story is unfolding. Probably the biggest problem for MOS is that Brazil’s current tumult, if it’s still roiling come mid-July, is going to seriously detract from its debut there as well. I don’t think it’s WOM that’s going to be killing MOS WW, I think it’s that Superman is seen as a superhero equivalent of an American flag (though not quite as much as Captain America). Domestically Supes will be fine, but WW even 500m+ seems optimistic.

      • jan

        WW is DOM + OS. With near 300m from DOM alone, it only needs 400m OS. It will be 200m OS by this sunday with some markets yet to open while it just opened to 27 markets this weekend.
        So yes, OS is looking for at most 500m and DOM around 300m, so overall WW should be at least 700m

      • jan

        Also, it’s doing solid in UK with huge opening last week and beating WWZ with ease this weekend

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