Box Office Report

“Monsters University” Top Box Office Again and “Despicable Me 2” Big Overseas

Pixar’s Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, held first place at the U.S. box office with $45.6 million in its second weekend. The film declined 44.7% weekend-to-weekend, a smaller drop than any Pixar film since Up. Its domestic total now stands at $170.4 million.

Internationally, Monsters University grosses $44.2M from 38 territories, good enough for third place behind World War Z and Man of Steel. The Pixar prequel has now grossed $129.3M outside of the States, pushings its global cume to just under $300 million.

Equally impressive overseas was Despicable Me 2 which earned $41.5 million from just seven territories. According to Deadline Hollywood, the Illumination Entertainment film opened at number one in the UK and Ireland (where it was the biggest opening ever for a Universal film), France, Belgium, the Netherlands, French-speaking Switzerland, and Sweden. The film opens wide in the United States this Wednesday.

  • Funkybat

    I’m not surprised. I’ve already seen MU twice. Until Despicable Me 2 comes out there’s not much else out there that isn’t bleak or dark. The Heat and This is the End are the only live-action comedies out, and This is the End is still pretty dark at times, being an “end of the world” movie. Monsters U was a great breath of fresh air in what has for the past few weeks mostly been a serious, moody release schedule.

  • SarahJesness

    Not too surprising. “Monsters U” was well-received, it has the Pixar name attached, and as a sequel to an older movie, it attracts the nostalgia crowd. Add to that the fact that there’s not much competition for this film. At the moment, there aren’t really a lot of big “family” movies in theaters. (big in the sense that a lot of people want to see it) Once “Despicable Me 2” comes out, “Monsters U” will have to fight to stay on top.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    Good to hear it doing well. I saw it twice, and not because there wasn’t anything else I wanted to see. I just loved it so much.