When it was announced that Pixar would be releasing the long awaited sequel to Monsters Inc this year, people weren’t really sure what to think. But after it’s been in theatres for a few days, any question about reception to the film in the box office has been answered as experts are predicting that Monsters University will finish it’s first weekend with close to $80 million.
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According to Deadline, Monsters University got a massive boost from a $30.5 million opening day which included over $2 million in overnight ticket sales.
Monsters University (playing in 4,004 theaters) received a coveted ‘A’ CinemaScore from audiences to keep the positive social media going. It opened to a gargantuan #1 with $30.8M Friday (including Thursday’s $2.6M late show tally) and at least $79M weekend.
If the numbers turn out the way they’re looking right now, Monsters University‘s opening weekend will be the second largest of any Pixar film to have ever been released next to Toy Story 3 which did $110 million back on it’s opening weekend in 2010. Monsters University is set to do even better in the box office than it’s predessesor Monsters Inc did back in 2001 when it raked in around $62.2 million on it’s opening weekend.
The new film has a ways to go if it wants to catch the total box office cume the first film did, as that mark is currently set at $255.9 million which BoxOfficeMoJo.com calculates is roughly $358 million adjusted for ticket price inflation over the last ten years.