Monsters University dethrones Despicable Me 2 at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2013…

Monsters UniversityDisney-Pixar’s latest Monsters University opened in first place at the UK box office this past weekend, dethroning fellow CG-animated offering Despicable Me 2. However, the Monsters, Inc. prequel only managed to pull in £3,463,917 over the three-day weekend, giving Pixar it’s second-lowest UK debut after Cars (£2.7 million); for comparison, Monsters Inc. debuted back in February 2002 with a hefty £9.2 million, although Monsters University has had to contend with competition from Despicable Me 2 (which continues to go strong in second place and is now the highest-grossing animated release of the year), as well as the scorching summer temperatures.

Aside from Monsters University, the only other new wide release was Pacific Rim, with Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju homage earning a solid-if-not-spectacular £2,193,500 to claim third place. The only other film to crack seven figures was the mystery thriller Now You See Me, while the rest of the chart were pretty much left fighting for scraps, allowing Indian sports drama Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to claim ninth place with an opening weekend of £89,348.  

Number one this time last year: Ice Age: Continental Drift

1. Monsters University – £3,463,917 weekend (New)
2. Despicable Me 2 – £2,225,543 weekend (3 weeks)
3. Pacific Rim – £2,193,500 weekend (New)
4. Now You See Me – £1,142,376 weekend (2 weeks)
5. The Internship – £397,660 weekend (2 weeks)
6. World War Z – £382,875 weekend (4 weeks)
7. Man of Steel – £278,607 weekend (5 weeks)
8. This Is the End – £181,367 weekend (3 weeks)
9. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – £89,348 weekend (New)
10. The Bling Ring – £76,540 weekend (2 weeks) 

Incoming…

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite this Friday with the release of the final chapter of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End (cert. 15) [read our review here], while other new releases include thriller The Frozen Ground (cert. 15) starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens [read our review here], drama Breathe In (cert. 15) featuring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, Safe House director Daniel Espinosa’s latest Easy Money (cert. 15) and a limited reissue of the 1953 Audrey Hepburn / Gregory Peck classic Roman Holiday (cert. U).

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