Disney's Monsters University took in $7.899 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an eleventh consecutive day. The blockbuster computer animated prequel from Pixar was down a very healthy 42 percent from Sunday and down just 28 percent from last Monday. Continued strong word of mouth, increasingly strong summer midweek business, Canada Day and moviegoers no doubt wanting to catch the film before Universal's Despicable Me 2 opens on Wednesday all aided the film's daily hold on Monday. Monsters University has grossed $178.33 million in eleven days, which leaves the film $21.67 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.
The Heat placed in second with $5.33 million. Fox's modestly budgeted comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy fell 51 percent from Sunday. The Heat surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $44.44 million through four days. In addition to outpacing expectations, The Heat is currently running 16 percent ahead of the $38.28 million four-day start of 2009's The Proposal (which fell 44 percent on its first Monday to gross $4.65 million).
World War Z took third with $4.39 million. Paramount's expensive Brad Pitt vehicle fell 52 percent from Sunday and a respectable 43 percent from last Monday. World War Z continues to outpace expectations itself, as it has grossed $128.08 million through eleven days. That means the film has now out-grossed the $126.48 million final domestic take of last year's Prometheus. World War Z could continue to stabilize over the Independence Day holiday, especially with Disney's The Lone Ranger not expected to light the box office on fire.
It was a very close race for fourth, with Sony's White House Down edging out Warner's Man of Steel by a very slim $9,105 for the day. White House Down fell 54 percent from Sunday to gross $3.053 million, while Man of Steel fell 52 percent. Man of Steel topped the $250 million domestic mark yesterday (making it just the second release of 2013 thus far to do so) and has now grossed $251.62 million to date. White House Down on the other hand has only managed a lackluster $27.91 million in its first four days of release, placing it 16 percent behind the $33.14 million four-day start of this year's Olympus Has Fallen.