Weekend Forecast: 'Monsters University' & 'World War Z'
Featured Stories - on June 19, 2013 by BOXOFFICE Staff
Following Man of Steel's huge success last weekend, Disney/Pixar's Monsters University and Brad Pitt's World War Z enter the fray this weekend.
- The Pixar brand name.
- The original Monsters, Inc. was one of Pixar's biggest box office hits back in 2001.
- Aside from Epic, families with kids have been starved for animation this summer.
- Online activity has been consistently healthy via Twitter, Facebook, and Flixster.
- Nostalgia from older fans could be inflating some of the online hype.
- Prequels don't typically fare as well as their predecessors.
- Man of Steel is proving to draw well from the family crowd--could that affect Monsters?
World War Z
- Brad Pitt has steadily turned into a reliable draw.
- The zombie genre is particularly hot right now, evidenced by the popularity of TV's "The Walking Dead".
- Built-in appeal to fans of the book (which the movie is very loosely based on).
- Online metrics are encouraging.
- Will Smith found great success with the similarly themed I Am Legend in 2007.
- Man of Steel may have stolen some of this film's potential thunder at the box office.
- The "zombie" aspect of the film has been pushed from the forefront.
- Audiences have had a lot of action films to choose from already this summer.
Check out our forecast for these films and the remainder of the top 11 in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Domestic Cume through Sunday, June 23|
|Monsters University||Jun 21, 2013||Disney
|Man of Steel||Jun 13, 2013||Warner Bros.
|World War Z||Jun 21, 2013||Paramount
|This Is The End||Jun 12, 2013||Sony / Columbia
|Now You See Me||May 31, 2013||Lionsgate / Summit
|Fast & Furious 6||May 24, 2013||Universal
|The Internship||Jun 7, 2013||Fox
|Star Trek Into Darkness||May 16, 2013||Paramount
|The Purge||Jun 7, 2013||Universal
|Epic||May 24, 2013||Fox
|The Bling Ring||Jun 14, 2013||A24
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.