The heatwave may now finally be passing but not in time for UK cinemas, which suffered a fourth successive weekend of sales depleted by fine weather. In this context, a slim 19% drop for Monsters University represents a highly respectable result, especially after its relatively soft £3.46m opening the previous weekend. With £8.63m after 10 days, the Disney/Pixar prequel has every chance of riding out the summer holiday to a decent total.
In the US, the film was released three weeks earlier than in the UK and has now reached a lofty $249m (£162m) – very close to the $256m achieved by the original Monsters, Inc in 2001 (or $290m including the 2012 3D rerelease). In the UK, Monsters, Inc reached a stunning £37.9m (plus £2.5m for the 3D rerelease), which currently looks a very distant prospect indeed for University to match.
Despicable Me 2 fell a similarly gentle 17%, becoming the third 2013 release to cross £30m, joining Les Misérables and Iron Man 3. At this stage last year, only The Avengers had passed that threshold, although The Dark Knight Rises would do so by the end of July. Both those movies ended up at £50m-plus, which none of the titles so far released in 2013 have a chance of matching.
Missing out on the top spot, The World’s End – the long-awaited reunion of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright – lands with an underwhelming £2.12m. Even making allowances for the hot weather, Universal will be disappointed by the number, having plumped for it on one of the year’s most coveted release dates. Last year, by way of example, The Dark Knight Rises occupied this position, and in 2010 it was Toy Story 3.Read More