Weekend Forecast: 'Monsters University' & 'World War Z'

Featured Stories - on June 19, 2013 by BOXOFFICE Staff

jun21.pngFollowing 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.

Monsters University

PROS:

- 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. 

CONS:

- 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

PROS:

- 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. 

CONS:

- 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
$78,000,000 $78,000,000
Man of Steel Jun 13, 2013 Warner Bros.
$52,000,000 $223,500,000
World War Z Jun 21, 2013 Paramount
$45,000,000 $45,000,000
This Is The End Jun 12, 2013 Sony / Columbia
$12,700,000 $58,000,000
Now You See Me May 31, 2013 Lionsgate / Summit
$6,700,000 $93,700,000
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013 Universal
$4,500,000 $228,300,000
The Internship Jun 7, 2013 Fox
$3,500,000 $38,500,000
Star Trek Into Darkness May 16, 2013 Paramount
$2,900,000 $216,600,000
The Purge Jun 7, 2013 Universal
$2,800,000 $58,900,000
Epic May 24, 2013 Fox
$2,700,000 $102,300,000
The Bling Ring Jun 14, 2013 A24
$2,600,000 $2,950,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Monsters University, World War Z

1 Comment

  • jamespedrick on 20 June 2013

    Based on the Monday through Wednesday drops, I think Man of Steel will come in lower. Somewhere between $36-48 million. Closer to a Dark Knight Rises drop (which would be $45 million.)

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