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Box office report: 'Monsters University' scares up $82 million

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Pixar earned its 14th No. 1 at the box office this weekend — out of 14 releases. Yep, the animation studio, now owned by Disney, has never not opened a film in first place. Its latest release, Monsters University, was no exception. It finished at the top of its class.

Monsters graduated with $82 million from 4,004 theaters in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest Pixar opener of all time behind Toy Story 3, which bowed with $110.3 million in June 2010. It also beat the opening of its predecessor, Monsters Inc., which opened with $62.6 million in 2001. That being said, when inflation is taken into account, Monsters Inc.‘s debut adjusts to about $82 million today (and that was without 3D tickets).

According to Disney, audiences were 56 percent female and 60 percent below the age of 25. Families made up 73 percent of business, and teens accounted for a solid 15 percent. The film played well with all ages, and crowds issued Monsters University an “A” CinemaScore, which should help it endure at the box office for weeks to come.

Monsters University‘s biggest challenge arrives July 3. That’s when Universal’s animated Despicable Me 2 hits theaters and will provide direct competition for families. The original Despicable Me became a word of mouth sensation and earned $251 million in 2010, and because it’s still fresh in audiences’ minds, it provides a formidable threat. But Disney is confident that positive audience reactions will carry Monsters University to success.
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Box office update: 'Monsters University' and 'World War Z' have scary good Friday; 'Man of Steel' sinks

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The question heading into this frame at the box office was whether World War Z would earn over $50 million, joining Monsters University and Man of Steel and making this the first weekend ever in which three films earned over $50 million. Well, World War Z will earn over $50 million — but due to Man of Steel‘s unexpectedly huge dropoff, that box office record won’t be reached.

Monsters University topped the box office on Friday with a monstrous $30.5 million. That’s better than the $24.6 million that Brave started with en route to a $66.3 million debut, but lower than the $41.1 million that Toy Story 3 earned on Friday on the way to a $110.3 million debut. Monsters University will likely finish between those two films, perhaps with about $75-80 million in its first three days.

In second place, Brad Pitt vehicle World War Z broke out with a terrific $25 million. The zombie thriller, which reportedly cost over $200 million to produce (Paramount is admitting to $190 million), may earn about $63 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. For a movie whose production was famously troubled, World War Z marks a major marketing win for Paramount. It will easily become the biggest opening of Brad Pitt’s career. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt on the death of James Gandolfini: 'I am gutted by this loss'

James Gandolfini, who passed away yesterday in Rome from a suspected heart attack, was best known as Tony Soprano, the morally corrupt but emotionally vulnerable New Jersey mobster and family man who propelled HBO’s The Sopranos to artistic and popular excellence from 1999 to 2007. But before, during, and after his reign as TV’s most mesmerizing dramatic actor, Gandolfini appeared in several high-profile movies, opposite actors like John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, and Brad Pitt.

Pitt co-starred with Gandolfini three times, in 1993’s True Romance, 2001’s The Mexican and last year’s Killing Them Softly, in which both men played hit-men at various stages of their careers. “He’s the man,” Pitt said back in 2001, when he and Julia Roberts tangled with Gandolfini’s gay hit-man at the height of the actor’s Sopranos‘ popularity. “He’s one of those great actors who finds meaning in every line. I love watching him work.”

The World War Z star released a statement about his colleague:

“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace.”

Gandolfini had been reluctant to play another mob character in Killing Them Softly, but he was finally won over by what the character symbolized. “I started thinking, maybe, I’ve done a bunch of these guys and this is kind of the final nail in the coffin,” Gandolfini told ABC News in November. “This is where you are at the end.”

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'World War Z' premiere draws massive crowd in New York

Thousands of screaming fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at the premiere of his new thriller, World War Z.

The 49-year old actor took his time to talk to reporters on the appropriately-designed “Z-shaped” red carpet, often breaking away to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.

“We’re not doing this small… we’re going big this summer,” Pitt said of the premiere that resembled a music festival.

Pitt stars in and produced the apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Max Brooks. He’s the son of the legendary Mel Brooks. READ FULL STORY

Cancer center details Angelina Jolie's treatment

Angelina Jolie’s mother had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer — strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led the actress to have both of her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate, her doctor said Wednesday.

Jolie, 37, revealed on Tuesday that she carries a defective BRCA1 gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She had mastectomies in February followed by reconstruction with implants in April, Dr. Kristi Funk said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Funk treated Jolie at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills and detailed her care on the center’s website. She would not disclose when Jolie learned she carried the faulty gene, which gives a woman up to an 87 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 54 percent chance of ovarian cancer.

“This family history would certainly meet any insurance carrier’s criteria to cover genetic testing,” Funk wrote. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie 'absolutely heroic' for undergoing a double mastectomy

Today, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy earlier this year — a revelation which many hailed as brave. That list now includes her fiance Brad Pitt. “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus,” Pitt told the London Evening Standard. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' may have found their villain; Plus Shia LaBeouf, more

• Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) is in final talks to star in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy film as the villain. At one point, Pace was being considered for the lead, which eventually went to Chris Pratt. Details on his role are sparse, but we’re not complaining if Guardians wants to take the Avengers route of casting a handsome bad guy. Pace donned a variety of different elaborate costumes recently for his roles in Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and will be appearing in the next two installments of The Hobbit as well as the AMC drama Halt & Catch Fire.  [The Wrap]

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Brad Pitt's WWII epic snags a release date

Brad Pitt is going back to World War II, but this time as a Sergeant. Though it might be hard to look at Pitt and see anyone except Inglorious Basterds‘ Lt. Aldo Raine, get ready to meet Wardaddy, the war-hardened hero of Fury.

Shortly after news broke that Sony Pictures had acquired the rights to Fury they set a November 14, 2014 release date. Directed by David Ayer (Training Day), the film is set in April of 1945 in the European Theater and will focus on a group of five American soldiers on a Sherman tank who encounter a German division. Principal photography is expected to begin in September.

Even though it seems like a far way off,  November 2014 blockbuster real estate is quickly disappearing. Fury comes out just a week after the scheduled releases of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and one week prior to Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the Hunger Games series.

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Casting Net: Jada Pinkett Smith to star in bilingual pic; Plus, Hailee Steinfeld, more

• Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in and co-produce a new drama for Overbrook Entertainment — the production company that she started with Will Smith. Entitled La Escribana de Uraba, the film tells the story of a journalist reporting on the murder of an employee of a multinational corporation and will shoot in Colombia this fall. Smith has not been on screen all that much lately, but is producing both After Earth and Will Smith’s directorial debut, The Legend of Cain.  [Variety]

• We noted the negotiations last week, but it looks like Brad Pitt is officially staring in the WWII drama Furywhich was just acquired by Sony Pictures. David Ayer (End of Watch, The Fast and the Furious) will direct. [Deadline]

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Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, Peter Dinklage added to MTV Movie Awards presenters list

MTV is rounding out its list of presenters for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards (airing live at 9 p.m. ET). EW has also confirmed that Kim Kardashian will introduce Selena Gomez performing her new single ”Come & Get It” (E! Online first exclusively reported the news). Also recently announced, Brad Pitt will present the award for Movie of the Year, and Peter Dinklage will hand over the Comedic Genius Award to Will Ferrell.

Kardashian, Pitt, and Dinklage join a glittery list of previously announced presenters including Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Kerry Washington, Amanda Seyfried, and the stars of This Is the End, Grown Ups 2, and Star Trek Into Darkness. Host Rebel Wilson will assemble costars from fall hit Pitch Perfect for the show’s opener.

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