Disney Pixar’s “Monsters University” became this weekend’s box office winner. The animated family film debuted at number one with $82 million, beating other high-buzz films “World War Z” and “Man of Steel.”
Disney’s head of distribution, Dave Hollis, said in an interview that this particular weekend was extraordinary because of the diversity of the films.
The film is a sequel to the 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.” and reunites the original’s stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman. It is the 14th consecutive Disney Pixar animated film to open in first place.
Because of this feat, Hollis believes it puts a “healthy pressure” on filmmakers. “To deliver that kind of quality consistently is a differentiator in the marketplace.”
A Close Race
“World War Z,” a zombie movie starring Brad Pitt, is not too far behind at second place with $66 million. Don Harris, Paramount’s president for domestic distribution, calls the film’s opening “spectacular.” He suspects a franchise if the film becomes a box office hit.
Following at a close third is the highly anticipated Superman film “Man of Steel” with $41.2 million.