‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’: Pixar stays perfect as ‘Monsters’ prequel ($82M) tops box office

PIXAR's perfect streak is intact.

“Monsters University,” the Pixar studio's first prequel, grossed $82-million in its domestic debut, according to Disney estimates Sunday (final numbers are due out Monday).

Every one of Pixar's 14 films has opened in the top spot at the box office.

The follow-up to 2001's “Monsters Inc.” is also the fifth biggest June opening ever (not adjusting for inflation).

“Monsters University” paced a high-traffic summer weekend for Hollywood: Paramount's big-budget zombie flick "World War Z" allayed fears of a flameout with a strong $66-million debut ($110-million global); and last week's champ, Warner Bros./DC's “Man of Steel,” grossed $41.2-million.

“Monsters University” also grossed a stellar $136.5-million worldwide.

“The diversity of this weekend is part of what makes this business so great,” said Disney distribution head Dave Hollis, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a really extraordinary weekend for the industry.”

 


Billy Crystal (the voice of Mike, left) at last week’s premiere of Pixar's "Monsters University" at L.A.’s El Capitan Theatre. (Kevin Winter/GETTY IMAGES)

 

FUN WITH NUMBERS 

* “Monsters University” is the second-biggest Pixar domestic opening ever. The studio’s top debut remains 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” which opened to $110.3-million.

* Adjusted for inflation, “Monsters University” is the sixth-biggest Pixar opening ever, according to BoxOfficeMojo — slotting in right behind “Monsters Inc.”

* Pixar’s 14 films have now grossed a combined $3.35-billion domestically. (Its top-grosser is “Toy Story 3”: $415-million.)

* “World War Z” becomes Brad Pitt’s biggest domestic debut ever, topping his actioner with partner Angelina Jolie, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” ($50.3-million). His only other films to open north of $40-million are “Troy” and the animated “Megamind.”

The rest of the weekend’s domestic Top 10 were:

4. “This Is the End,” $13 million; 5. “Now You See Me,” $7.87 million; 6. “Fast & Furious 6,” $4.7 million; 7. “The Internship,” $3.43 million; 8. “The Purge,” $3.41 million; 9. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $3 million; 10. “Iron Man 3,” $2.2 million.

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.
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