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Despite the strength of new entries "Monsters University" and "World War Z," last week's even bigger opener "Man of Steel" fell more than expected by 65% to end up in third place. With three strong 3-D performers leading the way, and two sleeper holdovers continuing to gross well, this weekend's Top Ten grossed a solid $226 million, the second best of the year (after the "Fast & Furious 6" opening). For all of this weekend's strength, and with the boost of so many premium 3-D tickets, it's surprising that the overall total didn't reach #1 for the year. Preopening expectations were that Pixar's "Monsters" would claim the top spot, with Brad Pitt's "World War" and "Steel" fighting it out for second. Instead, the former beat the "Superman" reboot by $24 million for the weekend, beyond anyone's expectations, suggesting that even strong openers are vulnerable to new competition -- something that could be an issue »


- Tom Brueggemann

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