'Monsters University' leads US box office
LOS ANGELES, USA - "Monsters University," a prequel to Pixar's 2001 hit "Monsters, Inc.," topped the North American box office for the second straight weekend, preliminary figures showed Sunday.
The animated movie that tells how monster buddies Mike and Sulley became friends and honed their scaring skills took in US$46.2 million from Friday to Sunday, for a total of US$171 million, said industry tracking group Exhibitor Relations Co.
In second place with US$40 million was "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock as a talented but haughty FBI agent.
"World War Z," starring Brad Pitt as a former UN investigator trying to save the world from a zombie invasion, took in US$29.8 million, for a total of US$123.7 million in two weeks.
Next in the tally was Roland Emmerich's "White House Down," about a paramilitary group that tries to seize the White House. It garnered US$25.7 million in its box office debut.
"Man of Steel," the Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill, dropped to 5th place in its 3rd week in theaters, with US$20.8 million, and a total of US$249 million.
"This is the End," about a group of friends who are invited to a party and become witnesses to the Apocalypse, took in US$8.7 million, for a total of US$74.7 million in 3 weeks.
It was followed by "Now You See Me," about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective who hunt down a team of illusionists performing bank heists during their shows, which raked in US$5.5 million for a total of US$104.7 in 5 weeks.
The action sequel "Fast and Furious 6," starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, took 8th place at US$2.4 million, for US$233.3 in 6 weeks, followed by "Star Trek Into Darkness" with US$2 million for a total of US$220.5 million in 7 weeks.
The comedy "The Internship" about a duo of middle aged guys competing with tech wizards after landing an internship at Google, closed out the top 10 with US$1.4 million, and US$41.7 in 4 weeks. - Rappler.com