It’s an all good news weekend at the U.S. box office as the summer tent poles proved their worth and why this corridor of the year is the most fruitful for the film business. Disney/Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (4,004 screens) absolutely blitzed the box office with an $82m opening weekend result. Garnering a $20,480 screen average, the prequel absolutely smashed it over the weekend and delivered the 2nd highest opening weekend ever for Pixar behind Toy Story 3‘s gargantuan $110m in 2010. It’s a spectacular result for the film, whose budget hasn’t been made public but if it’s anything like Brave it’ll be in the vicinity of $180m and proves that a G rated family flick has more might than most anything you can throw at it.
WORLD WAR Z (3,607 screens) – Wow, what a result! For a film that everyone was concerned about, its very public troubled production and its very expensive price tag World War Z not only delivered the 2nd highest opening weekend of a zombie film ever it also delivered the highest opening weekend of a Brad Pitt vehicle ever with $66m. That’s a $18,298 screen average, yep right behind Monsters University and it’s a signal of the strength of the zombie genre. The Walking Dead, In The Flesh, Warm Bodies, The Last Of Us, Dead Rising, Dead Island etc have all kicked goals in entertainment land and this phenomenal result is further testament to it.
MAN OF STEEL (4,207 screens) slips to 3rd with a mighty $41m, which is 61.7% off the pace from last weekend, but given the sheer level of competition it is a mighty hold. The film has now amassed $210m domestically, completely outgrossing any film Zack Snyder has directed before and has delivered a solid screen average of $9,797. Bearing in mind that the top 3 films are all 3D contenders its a cracking result all round. With The Heat and White House Down rolling into theatres this weekend it’ll be the latter that poses the biggest threat to Man Of Steel’s continued performance but with spectacular reviews this puppy should be able to sail to $300m before it bows out.
THIS IS THE END (3,055 screens) lands in 4th, off 37.3%, for $13m to bring its domestic total to $57.4m. Not bad for a flick that cost $32m to produce. The comedy should be able to hit $70m before its day is done but with the 1-2 punch of The Heat and White House Down taking the comedy & action crowd from Friday This Is The End has its work cut out to hold ground. With a weakening screen average of $4,755, totally expected given the newbies in play, this end of the world comedy has still got presence in the multiplexes. It really is an impressive result given the flick went out against Man Of Steel and then had to contend with the other apocalyptic juggernaut World War Z. Kudos & bravo!
NOW YOU SEE ME (2,823 screens) is like the film that just won’t die for 5th spot this weekend taking in $7.8m to bring its lifetime domestic haul to $94.4m. With a screen average of $2,788 this puppy is all but baked now but man how cool would it be if they can manage to keep it on screens to get the mighty $100m? It’s gonna be tough from here though as it’ll be getting booted out left, right and centre from Friday to maximise The Heat and White House Down. Fingers crossed if Now You See Me can stay in play over 2,000 screens for the next 2 weeks it should hit $100m.
OPENING FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2013: THE HEAT, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, I’M SO EXCITED (Limited)
Figures From Deadline, Box Office Mojo
1. Monsters University (Pixar/Disney) NEW [Runs 4,004] G
Friday $30.5M, Saturday $28.8M, Weekend $82M
International Cume $54.5M, Worldwide Total $136.5M
2. World War Z (Skydance/Paramount) NEW [Runs 3,607] PG13
Friday $25.0M, Saturday $22.6M, Weekend $66.0M
International Cume $46.0M, Worldwide Total $112.0M
3. Man Of Steel (Legendary/Warner Bros) Week 2 [Runs 4,207] PG13
Friday $12.7M, Saturday $16.2M, Weekend $41.2M (-65%), Cume $209.8M
International Cume $188.3M, Worldwide Total $398.3M
4. This Is The End (Columbia/Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,055] R
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $4.8M, Weekend $13.0M (-37%), Cume $57.4M
5. Now You See Me (Summit/Lionsgate) Week 4 [Runs 2,823] PG13
Friday $2.4M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.8M, Cume $94.4M
International Cume $40.0m, Worldwide Total $134.4
6. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) Week 5 [Runs 2,417] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.9M, Weekend $4.8M, Cume $228.4M
International Cume $437.5M, Worldwide Total $665.9M
7. The Purge (Universal) Week 3 [Runs 2,201] R
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.3M, Cume $59.4M
International Cume $8.6m, Worldwide Total $68.0M
8. The Internship (New Regency/Fox) Week 3 [Runs 1,916] PG13
Friday $1.0M, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.3M, Cume $38.3M
International Cume $9.8M, Worldwide Total $48.1M
9. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) Week 6 [Runs 1,565] PG13
Friday $855K, Saturday $1.2M, Weekend $3.0M, Cume $216.6M
International Cume $213.4M, Worldwide Total $430.0M
10. Iron Man 3 (Marvel/Disney) Week 8 [Runs 924] PG13
Friday $661K, Saturday $843K, Weekend $2.1M, Cume $403.1M
International Cume $804.6M, Worldwide Total $1.207B