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Box Office: 'Monsters U' Earns A+ Debut

Disney and Pixar's long-awaited Monsters University prequel debuts at $82 million at the domestic box office, while Paramount’s World War Z opens at $66 million.

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This weekend, Disney and Pixar's long-awaited prequel Monsters University debuted at $82 million, the number two Pixar opening of all time after Toy Story 3 ($110 million). The film, directed by Dan Scanlon, continues Pixar’s winning streak at the box office, marking the 14th title to open at number one. Overseas, Monsters U  took in $54.5 million for a worldwide debut of $136.5 million.

In second place, Paramount’s zombie feature, World War Z, produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, opened to $66 million, the top launch for an original live-action tentpole feature since Avatar. Internationally, World War Z debuted to $45.8 million for a worldwide total of $111.8 million.

Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, came in third place over its second weekend at the box office, jumping the $200 million mark in North America and earning nearly $400 million worldwide. Co-produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for $225 million, the movie brought in $41.2 million domestically for a total of $210 million. Overseas, Man of Steel towered over the competition, grossing $89 million for an international total of $188.3 million and worldwide total of $398.3 million.

Coming in fourth place was Sony comedy This is the End, which grossed $13 million for a domestic total of $57.8 million.

Summit Entertainment's magician heist movie Now You See Me rounded out the top five films at the box office, earning $7.9 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $94.5 million.

Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.

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