Pixar has done it again! The Disney owned company released Monster’s University over the weekend and has since given Pixar its 14th number one box office weekend.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Dan Scanlon directed animated prequel to the 2001’s Monsters, Inc. brought in $82 million from just over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The animated film beat out Brad Pitt’s zombie apocalyptic thriller World War Z, which brought in a reported $66 million, Reuters reports.
Monster’s University’s successful opening comes just behind Pixar’s 2010 hit Toy Story 3, which raked in $110.3 million.
Monsters University sees the return of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as main characters Mike and Sully. Entertainment Weekly notes that 56% of audience members were female with 60% below the age of 25.
Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Walt Disney Studio commented on the success of the film saying, “It definitely exceeded our expectations. The first film was so beloved and set such a high bar so we’re ecstatic.”
The return of the loveable monsters who fail out of scare college received an ‘A’ Cinema Grade and a 78% on the Tomatometer.