Disney's Monsters University increased a healthy 8 percent on Tuesday to remain in first place with $11.85 million. In the process, the computer animated prequel from Pixar surpassed the $100 million domestic mark. Through five days of release Monsters University has grossed $105.297 million. In comparison, 2011's Cars 2 increased 2 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $7.09 million, while 2010's Toy Story 3 fell 3 percent to take in $15.12 million. Monsters University is currently running 31 percent stronger than the $80.18 million five-day start of Cars 2 and 25 percent behind the $141.04 million five-day take of Toy Story 3. Given its continued strength, Monsters University will have a very strong chance of remaining in first place over the upcoming weekend.
World War Z held steady in second place with $7.98 million. Paramount's expensive Brad Pitt vehicle was up a solid 4 percent over Monday's performance. World War Z topped the $80 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $82.07 million through five days of release. World War Z continues to exceed pre-release expectations and is running an impressive 34 percent stronger than the $61.26 million five-day start of last year's Prometheus (which fell 4 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $5.00 million).
Warner's Man of Steel took in $5.197 million to continue to claim third. The superhero franchise re-launch finally started to shows signs of stabilizing from the one-two punch it took from Monsters University and World War Z over the weekend, as it was up 15 percent over Monday and down 55 percent from last Tuesday. Man of Steel has grossed $219.81 million to date, which places the film 28 percent behind the $304.05 million last year's The Dark Knight Rises had grossed through its second Tuesday.
This Is The End placed in fourth with $2.29 million. Sony's ensemble R-rated comedy increased 15 percent over Monday and was down 32 percent from last Tuesday. This Is The End has grossed $62.36 million in two weeks of release and is now running just 5 percent behind the $65.88 million two-week start of 2008's Pineapple Express thanks to stronger holding power.
Lionsgate's Now You See Me rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.37 million. The ensemble thriller was up a strong 24 percent over Monday and down a slim 20 percent from last Tuesday. Now You See Me has grossed $96.94 million in 26 days, which leaves the surprise hit of early summer just $3.06 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.