Disney's Monsters University took in $9.49 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The computer animated prequel from Pixar fell 5 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. That is a good sign for the film as it heads into its second weekend of release. Monsters University was the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $124.83 million. That places the film 37 percent ahead of the $90.93 million seven-day start of 2011's Cars 2 and 25.5 percent behind the $167.55 million one-week start of 2010's Toy Story 3.
World War Z held steady in second place with $5.63 million. Paramount's expensive Brad Pitt vehicle fell 10 percent from Wednesday. Despite mixed buzz in the weeks leading up to its release, World War Z ultimately placed in second for the week with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $93.92 million. The film is running 37 percent stronger than the $68.66 million seven-day start of last year's Prometheus; a stat which is made even more impressive given that World War Z is displaying stronger early holding power than Prometheus did.
Warner's Man of Steel continued to show signs of stabilizing on Thursday. The blockbuster superhero franchise re-launch took third with $3.92 million, which was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a respectable 44 percent from last Thursday. Man of Steel took in $59.05 million this week to place in third. That was down 62 percent from last week's opening weekend performance and brings the film's 15-day domestic total to $227.84 million. Man of Steel will hope to continue to stabilize in the coming days, especially with the Independence Day holiday in the near horizon.
Sony's This Is The End and Lionsgate's Now You See Me both continued to display very strong holding power this week. For the week, This Is The End placed in fourth with $21.19 million and Now You See Me took fifth with $12.60 million. This Is The End was down 35 percent from the previous week and has now grossed $65.98 million in 16 days. Now You See Me was down just 25 percent from last week and with a 28-day take of $99.18 million is set to reach the $100 million domestic milestone today.