Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Monsters Uni graduates to the top

The Conjuring director James Wan with stars Joey King and Vera Farmiga

Monsters University has scared off competition to triumph at the UK box office, while Vera Farmiga's horror flick The Conjuring kept US cinema goers thrilled.

The Disney-Pixar prequel, with the voices of Dame Helen Mirren, Billy Crystal and John Goodman, remained top of the class for the second week running in the UK, pushing The World's End and Despicable Me 2 into second and third spots respectively.

Monsters University, which follows best friends Mike and Sully at college, has raked in over £8.6 million in the UK, and over 532 million US dollars worldwide.

Meanwhile, audiences across the pond enjoyed being scared as they sent James Wan's haunted-house thriller into first place in the US box office, following its debut with 41.5 million US dollars in estimated ticket sales in North America.

Despicable Me 2, with the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, fell into second place, followed by Fox's animated movie Turbo and Grown Ups 2.

The Conjuring, which also stars Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston, was originally set for a winter US release but audience tests proved so positive that the studio decided to move it to the heat of summer movie season.

"It was really a bold choice, no question about it. With three other movies against us this week with high price tags and high expectations associated with them, this result is even more impressive," said Warner Bros' Jeff Goldstein.

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