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“Monsters University,” “World War Z” Start Huge at Box Office, “Man of Steel” Down

While talk of three separate films topping $50 million this weekend appears for naught, two of the films in the discussion will greatly exceed that threshold.

Based on Friday’s results, new releases “Monsters University” and “World War Z” should have no issue annihilating the $50 million mark. They earned $30.5 million and $25 million, respectively, in their debut dates, which gives them considerable breathing room in approaching that $50 million number.

At press time, the feeling is that “Monsters” could flirt with $80 million this weekend and score the second-highest debut for a Pixar film after “Toy Story 3.” “Z” should land in the low-to-mid $60 millions.

Down 71% from last Friday’s bow, “Man of Steel,” however, might have kissed its chances of earning $50 million this weekend goodbye. The film, which dominated the box office last week, earned only $12.7 million this Friday.

Still enough to claim third place, “Man of Steel” led “This is the End” ($4.1 million) and “Now You See Me” ($2.5 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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