Although it's not quite dazzling critics as previous, pre-Cars 2 Pixar films are accustomed to doing, Monsters University has got solid word of mouth and audiences seem to be loving it. So much so that Box Office Mojo predicts the film to have taken an impressive $82 million at the North American box office this past weekend. This ranks it as Pixar's second best opening weekend ever, behind only Toy Story 3's mammoth $110 million opening in 2010.
In addition, although the film is still to open in several international territories (here in the UK, for example), Monsters U did open in some (including Australia and South America), where it took another $54 million. This puts the film's worldwide total at an estimated $136.5 million after just a weekend. The monstrous prequel certainly looks set to be another huge hit for the studio, who opened at the American box office in the number 1 position for the fourteenth time.
Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, hits UK cinemas on 12th July.