Pixar’s Monsters University stays at number one in its second weekend with $46.2 million to cross the $300 million mark worldwide.
Disney and Pixar's Monsters University held onto the number one spot at the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, taking in $46.2 million to push the animated feature’s domestic total to $171 million. Overseas, the Dan Scanlon-directed ‘toon jumped the $300 million mark, coming in second place worldwide after earning an additional $44.2 million for an international total of $129.3 million and worldwide total of $300.3 million.
20th Century Fox’s The Heat, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, opened to $40 million for a second-place domestic debut, signaling another major win for McCarthy and her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
Paramount’s zombie feature, World War Z, produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, came in third, taking in $29.8 million for a domestic total of $123.7 million. Overseas, World War Z grossed $70.1 million from a total of 50 markets, pushing the film's international total to $135.3 million.
Director Roland Emmerich's White House Down debuted to $25.7 million, despite a hefty price tag of $150 million in production costs. Following the underwhelming debut of Will Smith’s After Earth, the feature marks the second flop of the season for Sony.
Coming in fifth place at the domestic box office, Warner Bros. and Legendary's Man of Steel made $20.8 over its third weekend out for a total of $248.7 million. Worldwide, the film jumped the $500 million mark, bringing in $271.7 million internationally for a total of $520.4 million.
Sony's end-of-the-world comedy This Is the End came in sixth, grossing $8.7 million in its third weekend for a North American total of $74.7 million.
In seventh place, Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me barreled past the $100 million mark in North America and crossed $150 million worldwide. The magician heist caper has earned $104.7 million domestically and $48.7 million internationally for a total $153.4 million.
Universal's Fast & Furious 6 came in at number eight, bringing in $2.4 million over its sixth week at the domestic box office for a total of $233.3 million.
Paramount and Skydance Productions' Star Trek Into Darkness came in ninth place with $2 million, earning a total of $220.5 million over its seven weeks at the North American box office.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Shawn Levy's Google comedy, The Internship, made $1.4 million for 20th Century Fox over its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $41.7 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.