A collection of cute furry creatures will smother the undead this weekend, as
When it was released in November 2001, "Monsters Inc.’s" story of lovable scare-mongers Mike and Sulley became a huge hit and helped usher in the current vogue for computer-generated animation. The film garnered $83 million on opening weekend and went on to gross $739 million around the world, adjusting totals for inflation. Its domestic receipts rank it fourth among the 13 films Pixar has released in its history.
Directed by first-time feature helmer Dan Scanlon, the new movie is a prequel, telling of Mike, the orb voiced by
Disney’s Pixar could use a major hit, with the
Meanwhile, a tight battle is unfolding for second place, as
“World War Z” cost between $200 million and $250 million to produce for Paramount and financing partners Skydance Productions and GK Films. It marks a rare current turn for Pitt as a Hollywood action hero; the A-lister-has recently starred in more prestige-oriented pictures such as
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Despite Pitt's strong female fan base, the film is tracking stronger among both younger and older men than any female demographic, with women under 25 particularly weak, according to executives who've seen pre-release surveys.
Paramount, which is in need of new franchises, is also hoping to get a major lift from international playdates. “World War Z” is opening in 25 nations this weekend, including South Korea and Britain.
"Man of Steel," which opened to an all-time June best of $116.7 million last weekend, will look to hold its audience in the face of the new competition. The film has already grossed $162 million in the U.S. and has prompted Warner Bros. to begin developing a sequel.
Also hoping to build on last weekend’s success is “This Is The End,” the
All of these movies will have challenges in the weeks ahead, which are filled with commercially minded action tales. The
On the specialty side,
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