Box Office Battlefield: ‘Monsters University’ and ‘World War Z’

Box Office Battlefield Monsters University World War Z

The weekend warriors for June 21, 2013 includes Monsters University and World War Z. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Man of Steel invaded the box office and took home the top spot, keeping the summer movie season alive. Monsters University and World War Z are primed and ready, after much anticipation, to take on the Big Blue Boy Scout this weekend.

Will Sulley and Mike be able to pull out another W for Pixar or will Brad Pitt and his unstoppable force of zombie ants plauge their streak? Rawrrrrrrr! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

Pixar Monsters University Title

Monsters University (Rated G) 110 min – (Directed by Dan Scanlon) Starring the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion, and Aubrey Plaza

Synopsis: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 77% • Audience – 88%

Pixar has not been fairing too well. Cars 2 was a wreck and Brave was hardly desirable, and although Toy Story 3 was amazing, it did lack in creativity as it rehashed similar plot threads of Toy Story 2. Needless to say, Monsters University is a somewhat return to form for the revered movie studio. This movie is very delightful, incredibly fun, and very colorful with its characters, but it still lacks in the creativity department. Regardless, Monsters University is a great time in the theaters that hits all demographics. The 3D is not bad; most animated movies do not fail when it comes to 3D. It feels good to see the adventures of Mike and Sulley again. SEE IT! (Watch the trailer here)

World War Z Title

World War Z (Rated PG-13) 116 min – (Directed by Marc Forster) Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, and James Badge Dale

Synopsis: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 68% • Audience – 86%

Despite its troubled past, World War Z has finally been given the all clear to hit theaters this weekend. The monstrous $200 million budgeted zombie flick is looking to capture a broad audience with its PG-13 rating. Now PG-13 never bodes well for a horror movie, especially when that said horror movie has zombies. The third act was also reworked and reshot, but it doesn’t hurt the film in my opinion. The 3D is pretty much useless, but the special effects are surprisingly not unbearable from what the trailer led me to believe. Brad Pitt proves he can still be a great leading man and there are some thrilling moments in the film. MATINEE IT! (Watch the teaser trailer here)

Pixar has never steered wrong. All 14 of the studio’s releases have claimed the number one spot and I cannot see Monsters University wrecking that streak. Even with Brad Pitt and Man of Steel in the thick of the summer movie going season, Monsters University is too desirable not to take the top spot. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:

Winner: Monsters University

Movie synopses courtesy of and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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