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Monster’s University Tops Box Office – WEEKEND TOP TEN BOX OFFICE 6/23/13
Monsters University opens at number one to no one’s surprise because even the odious Cars and Cars 2 opened at number one. Not even Superman can stand against the might of Pixar. Now for me Monsters, Inc was something that should have been great short film (there really are monsters in your closet, but they’re not here to hurt you) but was stretched out into a mildly entertaining movie with pretty much a rock solid ending that honestly left no where to go. They seemed to have realized this which is why they went with a prequel, answering questions no one really asked about Mike and Sully. This actually contradicts Sully’s line in Monsters Inc about knowing Mike in the 4th grade as they meet here in college. Sully is a lackluster student due to his family name and innate “scaring” skill while Mike is a perfect student, but honestly not being even remotely scary to anyone and they clash almost immediately. Their rivalry gets them both kicked out of the “Scaring Program” so they have to join forces and also a frat of underachievers to prove themselves to get back in. Wait. Did I just describe the plot of Revenge of the Nerds? It’s not Pixar on the level of Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, but more Pixar on the level of A Bug’s Life (which I love) Brave and Ratatouille. Better than pretty much all other computer animate films, but paling in comparison to their best. That’s it’s a sequel is no excuse as the Toy Story films got better with each installment, so I was a bit disappointed they didn’t up their game with the inventiveness of their humor. At its best Pixar works on many levels, from childlike humor to elements that have the adults in the audience trying to explain to their children why mommy and daddy are crying. None of that is present here. The laughs are simple but effective as is the message (believe in yourself). There’s no human element this time, but honestly I preferred it. Boo was a little too cute at times. Besides the emotions of the monsters are human enough.
MONSTERS CUTE AND CREEPY RULE THE #1  SPOTS!
1. Monsters University/Disney Wknd/$ 82.0 Total/$ 82.0
2. World War Z/Paramount Wknd/$ 66.0 Total/$ 66.0
3. Man of Steel/Warners Wknd/$ 41.1 Total/$ 210.0
4. This Is The End/Sony Wknd/$ 13.9 Total/$ 57.8
5. Now You See Me/LGF Wknd/$ 7.9 Total/$ 94.5
6. Fast & Furious 6/Universal Wknd/$ 4.7 Total/$228.4
7. The Internship/Fox Wknd?$ 3.4 Total/$ 38.4
8. The Purge/Universal Wknd/$ 3.4 Total/$ 59.4
9. Star Trek Into Darkness/Par Wknd/$ 3.0 Total/$ 216.6
10. Iron Man 3/Paramount Wknd/$ 2.9 Total/$ 399.6