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'Monsters University' Beats 'World War Z' with Second-Best Pixar Opening Ever, 'Man of Steel' Shows Signs of Rust

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2013 at 1:14PM

Despite the strength of new entries "Monsters University" and "World War Z," last week's even bigger opener "Man of Steel" fell more than expected by 65% to end up in third place. With three strong 3-D performers leading the way, and two sleeper holdovers continuing to gross well, this weekend's Top Ten grossed a solid $226 million, the third best openers for the year (after "Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6"). For all of this weekend's strength, and with the boost of so many premium 3-D tickets, it's surprising that the overall total didn't reach #1 for the year.

"Fast and Furious 6"
"Fast and Furious 6"
6. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) Week 5 - Last weekend: #4

$4,730,000 (-51%) in 2,417 theaters (-958); PSA: $1,955; Cumulative: $228,410,000

An even more important and impressive figure - the combined worldwide total is now nearing $650 million, with its time in the domestic top 10 still having perhaps two more weeks ahead.

What comes next: Is this the James Bond series for a new era? It doesn't have the same zeitgeist attached to it, but it's becoming the second most reliable action genre franchise of our time.

7. The Purge (Universal) Week 3 - Last weekend: #5

$3,410,000 (-59%) in 2,201 theaters (-390); PSA: $1,550; Cumulative: $59,430,000

Its steep drop continues, but with a production cost of $3 million plus marketing costs, at this point it's just extra profit for this latest Blumhouse Productions success, whose ultimate gross will fall about double its initial weekend, a very low multiple.

What comes next: The formula will continue work, as Universal now has a powerhouse producer in the fold to add to its recently revitalized in-house team.

8. The Internship (20th Century-Fox) Week 3 - Last weekend: #6

$3,425,000 (-52%) in 1,916 theaters (-1,483); PSA: $1,788; Cumulative: $38,365,000

A 50%+ drop continues the disappointing performance for this Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy, which will fall short of its $58 million production cost in domestic gross, and possibly the lowest performer ever from normally reliable director Shawn Levy.

What comes next: This kind of comedy with appropriate stars usually has default success opposite flashier films, but this time failed to connect. Edgier comedies like "This Is the End" may gain more production traction as studios respond to their relative reactions.

9. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) Week 6 - Last weekend: #8

$3,000,000 (-52%) in 1,565 theaters (-766); PSA: $1,917; Cumulative: $216,611,000

Hanging on in the mix of films late in its run, J.J. Abrams' latest "Trek" effort continues to amass respectable, if not sensational totals (compared to its nearly $200 million cost), with foreign at this point having about the same take at this point (though with late-opening countries ultimately pushing the overseas total ahead of domestic for the first time in the series).

What comes next: This expensive franchise has shown its appeal again, but expense is now an issue going forward.

10. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista) Week  - Last weekend: #10

$2,175,000 (-26%) in 924 theaters (-725); PSA: $2,354; Cumulative: $403,120,000

Impressively sticking around in the top 10 with a small drop in gross though it lost close to half of its theaters, 2013's likely #1 film now has crossed $400 million domestically (and over $1.1 billion worldwide), letting "Man of Steel" and other potential rivals know how far they need to get to challenge it for the top.

What comes next: Star Robert Downey has signed for two "Avengers" sequels as Iron Man, with other reprises as the character in this series still to be finalized.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Man Of Steel, Monsters University , World War Z

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.