'World War Z' Isn't Dead Yet

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Welcome to the Box Office Report, where we'd argue monsters and zombies are just as hairy and dead-eyed than the regular movie stars you're used to. 

1. Monsters U (Pixar): $82 million in 4,004 theaters

This might come as a surprise, but Mike and Scully actually took the top spot this weekend with Pixar's second highest opening weekend ever behind Toy Story 3. The House That Woody Built can really do no wrong at the box office. Excitement has waned after duds like Cars proved Pixar was mortal -- or, capable of making a bad movie -- but people have stood by the studio with their wallets, at least. 

2. World War Z (Paramount): $66 million in 3,607 theaters

The weekend's big story, though, is that Brad Pitt's actually good but supposed to be a disaster zombie epic World War Z didn't completely completely fail. It's Brad Pitt's biggest box office opening since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. (Ha! Remember that movie?) World War Z is also the "top launch for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar," according to Paramount, whatever that means. A translation, for those who speak English: World War Z made a lot of money and now no one will lose their job. In fact, they're already pushing for a sequel, because of course they are. 

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3. Man of Steel (Warner): $41.2 million in 4,207 million [Week 2]

So Man of Steel is still making a whole lot of money, right? No one is arguing that $41 million isn't a huge amount of money. Warner should be thankful their Superman movie has made $200 million domestically and over $400 million worldwide. But this is actually a 65 percent decline over last week's total so it's being seen as a disappointment. Hollywood is really weird, you guys. 

4. This Is The End (Sony): $13 million in 3,055 theaters [Week 2]

Oh, this movie is actually quite funny! All the funny people you know and love make a bunch of dick jokes, learn to not be a jerk to each other, make more dick jokes and then you go home happy. Oh, and Michael Cera dies a sudden, bloody and violent death. What's not to love? 

5. Now You See Me (Lionsgate): $7.9 million in 2,823 theaters [Week 4]

Some day magic movies will disappear and the Box Office Report will be sad. Everyone loves Gob Bluth? Why can't more people love Jesse Eisenberg playing Gob Bluth. There is no justice in the world. 

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