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Everyone in the world expected big things from "Monsters University," the latest effort from flawless box office champions Pixar, but it was the surprise success of Brad Pitt's zombie apocalypse tent pole "World War Z" that took this weekend's ticket receipts to another level.
The "Monster Inc." sequel hauled in $82 million, the second biggest opening ever for the animation studio, behind their massive 2010 hit "Toy Story 3." With another sequel success in the bag for Pixar, don't be surprised to see more follow-ups coming down the pipeline in years to come, beyond "Finding Dori," which is already scheduled for a November 2015 release date.
There's a term that people throw around when talking about the summer box office, and that's "sleeper hit," meaning a movie that was never expected to be anything big by analysts but manages do well regardless. Within the term "sleeper hit," there's a more specific and special distinction, and that's "sleeper hit of the summer," and it looks like we've got one one our hands.
"The Purge," the near-future home invasion flick starring Ethan Hawke, handedly won the box office over holdover champion "Fast & Furious 6" and the newcomer, "The Internship," with a three-day haul of $36 million.
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When the checkered flag waved on this past weekend's box office, "Fast & Furious 6" once again took the top prize from two strong newcomers, but it was those two movies that made for the more interesting stories.
Typically a flawless champion of the summer movie tent pole, Will Smith failed to find audiences almost entirely with "After Earth," the new sci-fi movie starring his son, Jaden. The post-apocalyptic movie didn't have the light, humorous tone that usually spells success for Smith, and audiences voted with their dollars, favoring "Now You See Me," a movie about bank-robbing magicians, instead. That's right, bank-robbing magicians — one of whom is Jesse Eisenberg.
Despite a 64 percent fall, "Furious 6" still collected $34 million, while "Now You See Me" took in $28 million during its opening weekend, $1 million ahead of "After Earth" with $27 million.
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In the battle of two franchises, only one was able to walk out with its head held high. "Fast and Furious 6" punched the nitro and cruised past expectations to a four-day total of $120 million over Memorial Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The Wolfpack, on the other hand, scored an impressive pile of cash, but "The Hangover Part III" fell short of its predecessor, only managing $63 million in its first five days.
That amount of money for "The Hangover Part III" might not sound like a huge disappointment, but once it's compared to the totals from "Part II," the difference becomes clear. Though it became the bane of critics who called foul about the identical structure to the first film, "The Hangover Part II" cleared $135 million in its first five days in theaters.
Comparatively, "Fast Five," the installment in the car racing series from two years ago, is credited with revitalizing the series both in fan appreciate and ticket sales. During its first four days, "Fast 5" made $92 million. So while "The Hangover Part III" certainly looks like the end of the road for that franchise, this might only be the beginning for the "Fast and Furious" crew.
In the morning after the weekend box office totals have been tallied, the word on "Star Trek Into Darkness" is that of slight disappointment, as least in regards to the domestic take. J.J. Abrams' sequel to the 2009 reboot managed to do almost as well as its predecessor, taking in an estimated $70.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That's below the last "Star Trek's" 3-day weekend total, $75.2 million, which did not have the benefit of higher ticket prices and surcharges from 3-D and IMAX.
But the lower numbers in the U.S. did not spell disaster for the crew of the Enterprise. "Star Trek Into Darkness" still performed strongly overseas and has already totaled $164 million in ticket sales. Its domestic opening weekend alone puts it into the top ten releases so far this year.
Elsewhere, the big May releases continued to perform well. Disney's "Iron Man 3" grossed the $1 billion mark, and "The Great Gatsby" added $23 million to its domestic total, which sits at $90 million.
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When Warner Bros. decided to move Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" from Oscar season 2012 to summer 2013, it seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. An adaption of a literary novel by one of the more eccentric stylists working in film today would be out of place alongside superheroes and intergalactic starships. Who would see "Gatsby" then? The answer: Lots of people.
Leonardo DiCaprio and company pulled off a shocker of a second place finish, taking in $51 million in ticket sales in the U.S. alone. That total made for the third biggest opening weekend that didn't result in a first place finish.
That honor went, once again, to "Iron Man 3." Marvel Studios continued its world-wide domination, adding $72 million to its domestic total, as it inches closer and closer to the $1 billion mark.
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After spending a week cleaning up at the foreign box office, Iron Man turned his sights to his home country, the good old U.S. of A., and once here, the latest Marvel movie continued to break records.
"Iron Man 3" kicked off its domestic release to the tune of $175 million, good enough for the #2 opening weekend of all time. Marvel Studios now holds the top two spots. "The Avengers" still holds the record with $207 million.
The total for the third standalone Iron Man movie now sits at $608 million, which already makes it the second biggest Marvel movie of all time, ahead of "Iron Man2," which made a total of $623.9 million during its entire theatrical run.
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"Iron Man 3" is already a hit film, and it hasn't shown on a single screen for U.S. audiences yet. That's because Marvel's follow-up to their mega-hit, "The Avengers," opened early in dozens of foreign markets this past weekend and took in $195 million. To put that sum into perspective, "The Avengers" had only made $185 at this point last year.
Back in this country, however, things were much slower with the top grossing film of the weekend, Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain," only taking in $20 million. The crime comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson eked out a victory over last week's champ, "Oblivion," which added $17 million to it domestic total.
Next weekend is when the sparks begin to fly. That's when "Iron Man 3" hits the U.S. "The Avengers" took in $209 million in its opening weekend, so we'll have to wait and see how Robert Downey Jr. can fare on his own.
Tom Cruise has had a rough time at the box office in recent years. Aside from the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, the A-lister hasn't registered an opening weekend north of $30 million since 2005's "War of the Worlds."
That all changed with "Oblivion," which opened early overseas to strong ticket sales and debuted this weekend in the U.S. to $38 million. To date, the sci-fi actioner from "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinksi has banked $150 million.
But what did you think of "Oblivion"? The film, which also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Andrea Riseborough, didn't exactly wow the critics, many of whom referenced a lack of originality.
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A whole lot of moviegoers got their souls swallowed this weekend at theaters. "Evil Dead," the remake of Sam Raimi's horror classic, made $26 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The take was considered a win for TriStar and Sony because of the relatively low cost of producing Fede Alvarez's reimagining, $17 million.
The rest of the top four performed moderately well. The other debut of the week, "Jurassic Park 3-D," made $18 million, bringing the all-time total for the Steven Spielberg classic to $378 million. The 3-D update of the blockbuster fared better than some other recent conversions, like "Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and "Top Gun."
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