“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.