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article image'Monsters University' may take down 'Man of Steel'

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 21, 2013 in Entertainment
It looks like a battle between "Man of Steel" and "Monsters University," but where does that leave "World War Z"? This weekend will be interesting to track.
Unless "World War Z" over performs like "The Purge" did in its first weekend out, the theater count doesn't dictate a win, or even expecting much. The Brad Pitt zombie flick is getting lost in the super hero shuffle and it may get overshadowed by an animated monsters going to college flick.
1. "Monsters University" - 4,004 theaters
2. "World War Z" - 3,607 theaters
3. "The Bling Ring"- 650 theaters
Now, the usual second week drop for a big opener is expected and "Man of Steel" is to be tracked on that aspect. From the looks of matters, it just may end up in second. Will that dampen the mood of those who loved this film and wanted it to get another win? Part of the battle of the summer super heroes is also weeks at number one. If "Man of Steel" has only one, it will be interesting to see where it goes from there. Staying power is always better, but bragging rights get in the way, too.
Meanwhile, looking at the impressive voice list for "Monsters," still leaves the nagging question? Does it really matter that A-listers voice these characters? The audience of youngsters most likely do not care. Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi are just a few who lend (no, get paid well) to voice characters.
"The Bling Ring" goes wider after an impressive per screen average last weekend. As for Brad Pitt and "World War Z" it is a test for his star power and the marketing team behind this one. Zombie are very popular on TV with "Walking Dead." Can that translate to the big screen right now? Plus, making this a doomsday film with those zombies, it could go either way.
Going back to the report of the weekend box office with "Man of Steel" winning easily. That report suggested if a Father's Day would be bigger than expected, the number may rise. Well, it was and they did. "Man of Steel" had the sixth best Sunday performance with $36 million. That makes there total for last weekend rise from $113 million to $116 million for the three-day. For the four-day, it went from $125 million to $128 million. Not always noteworthy and in need of an update, but when it is a blockbuster, it should be noted.
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