Monsters Inc. produced a monstrous box office over the weekend
— an estimated $63.4 million, the biggest gate ever for the opening of
an animated movie, the biggest for an opening of a Disney release, and
the biggest for a film opening in November.
Street Journal observed that the figure “was substantially better
than most Hollywood handicappers predicted.”
“There’s something about
the Pixar/Disney partnership,” Exhibitor Relations chief Paul
Dergarabedian told the Associated Press. “Everything that they do with
these films seems to exactly capture what kids are looking for.”
separate interview with the New York Daily News, Dergarabedian
added: “Expectations are always high for any new Disney animation, but
this is monumental. The ad campaign was, obviously, perfect. I think
every kid in America wanted to see Monsters this weekend.”
total take for the top 12 films, an estimated $136.7 million, was 43
percent above the same weekend a year ago, when Charlie’s Angels
debuted with $40 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates
compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Monsters Inc., $63.5
million; 2. The One, $20 million; 3. Domestic Disturbance,
$14.5 million; 4. K-PAX, $10.7 million; 5. Thirteen Ghosts, $7.9
million; 6. Riding in Cars With Boys, $4.5 million; 7. From Hell, $3.7 million; 8. Training Day, $3.2 million; 9.
Bandits, $3 million; 10. Serendipity, $2.5 million.