#TaniaOnTheScene - Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney’s Monsters University is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc., debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in World War Z and Superman in Man of Steel.
Brad Pitt's zombie romp, World War Z, overcame negative advance publicity to open in second place with $66 million. Media reports months ahead of the film’s opening chronicled its problems, including a revamped ending that delayed its release.
The success of the film means it could be a franchise in the making.
Man of Steel was third at the box office, adding $41.2 million to its coffers and bringing its domestic ticket sales over $210 million in just the second week of release.
The comedy This Is the End, which stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill as versions of themselves trapped in a mansion during the apocalypse, finished in fourth place, with $13 million.