Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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Set about ten years before the events of Monsters, Inc., 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) meet in college and end up in the same fraternity, just as each is planning to become a "scarer" at Monsters, Inc. The prequel to the 2001 film also explains the relationship between the two main characters, more specifically how they went from one-time rivals to best friends.
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June 24th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

In the box office battle between monsters and zombies, monsters came out on top during the weekend of June 21. "Monsters University" earned $82 million during its debut weekend in theaters. One of the proudest days of Mike Wazowski's life occurs when he learns that he will be going to Monsters University. He dreams of being one of the greatest scarers of his time. What Mike does not expect is that he will become rivals with Sulley, an energetic blue monster. The kid-friendly animated movie has a G rating.

"World War Z" may not have been able to compete with beloved Pixar monsters, but it still pulled in $66 million in box office profits. Gerry used to be a UN investigator, but now he leads a normal life with his family. Everything changes in a heartbeat when a pandemic sweeps across the world, transforming humans into ravenous zombies. Gerry must play a key role in stemming the disease and salvaging what is left of humanity. "World War Z" has a PG-13 rating for violence, disturbing images, and intense zombie sequences.

Continuing Films

"Man of Steel" landed in third place, with profits of $41,215,000. Overall, the superhero movie has brought in more than $210 million. Clark Kent has spent his life trying to avoid his true identity, but when a hostile Kryptonian comes to Earth, he cannot hide any longer. Now, it is time for Clark to reveal his powers to the world he loves. In the process, he may fail, or he may save mankind. "Man of Steel" has a PG-13 rating for language and sci-fi action, violence, and destruction.

"This is the End" earned $13 million, proving that it is not the end of the movie's successful box office streak. When Los Angeles goes down in flames, many of the glitterati are toast. But some of comedy's biggest names survive, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The small group of friends sets out to find sustenance and figure out how they can escape the end times. Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy has earned over $57 million in total. The comedy has an R rating for crude and mature content, graphic nudity, drug use, violence, and language.

"Now You See Me" saw earnings of $7,870,000, with total profits of over $94 million. A mysterious figure brings together talented magicians, dubbing them the Four Horsemen. The group performs a show that nobody in Las Vegas has seen before. The big finale involves stealing huge amounts of money from a well-guarded bank. The Four Horsemen have to work hard to stay ahead of the authorities. The film's PG-13 rating is due to language, action, and mature content.

"Fast & Furious 6" earned $4,730,000 over the weekend, bringing total profits up to $228,417,470. Dom and Brian have made a living from criminal activities, and the Rio heist paid off for them in a big way. The two are enjoying life, but wish they could return their families to the United States without fear of repercussion. When their chance comes, it is not without risks. The street racing flick has a PG-13 rating for mature content, violence, action, mayhem, and language.

Movies to DVD

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, June 25. Burt Wonderstone and his partner, Anton Marvelton, were once the biggest names in magic. But an edgy new act is stealing away all their fans. Desperate to reconnect with his audience, Burt must make a difficult and poignant journey into his past to restore his original love of magic tricks. Mature content, dangerous stunts, language, and a drug-related incident contribute to the film's PG-13 rating.

"The Call" stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who feels haunted by a past mistake. One fateful call seems to hold the woman's chance to move on from the past. First, though, she will have to make some intense sacrifices and save the life of the one person who needs her most. The tense thriller has an R rating for language, disturbing content, and violence.

"Upside Down" is a sci-fi love story that features Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as star-crossed lovers for the space age. Dwelling on different planets that share dual gravity and not much else, Eden and Adam cross boundaries to express their passion. Unfortunately, their separate worlds do not approve of their romance. The PG-13 rating is due to some violence.

In "Phantom," a Soviet Navy captain lives his life under the shadow of a past mistake that cost his crew members their lives. Now, he has one final chance to command a submarine on a top-secret military mission. However, an unexpected mutiny onboard forces Demi to make difficult decisions and heroic sacrifices. Violence contributes to the movie's R rating.