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Monsters University scares off competition at U.K. box office

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Jul 25, 2013 | 7:53am EDT

The animated creatures of Monsters University scared off competition from Simon Pegg's The World's End to keep control of the British box office for a second consecutive weekend. The prequel to 2001's Monsters, Inc., featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, retained the number one slot in the U.K cinema chart after scoring ticket sales of $4.2 million (£2.8 million) over the weekend (19-21Jul13). The earnings put it ahead of Pegg's latest comedy, the unofficial third installment of his 'Cornetto trilogy', which came second with takings of $3.2 million (£2.1 million). Another animated comedy sequel, Steve Carell's Despicable Me 2, made up the top three, garnering $2.9 million (£1.9 million), putting it ahead of monster blockbuster Pacific Rim at four ($2 million/£1.3 million) and magical movie Now You See Me in fifth place ($1.4 million/£922,669).

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