‘World War Z’ Bites Off $3.6 Million at Midnight

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'Monsters University' Earns $2.6 Million in Thursday Shows

Paramount’s big-budget zombie actioner “World War Z” started Thursday with more than $9 million worldwide, including $3.6 million from domestic late-night and midnight grosses.

This weekend’s other wide release, Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” nabbed $2.6 million from Thursday screenings beginning at 8 p.m.

World War Z, which expands wide Friday to more than 3,600 locations, bowed a day early in two major overseas territories: In South Korea, the pic earned $1.5 million (better than “Inception”), while in Australia, auds shelled out $1.1 million, a touch better than “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

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In total, “World War Z” grossed $5.7 million from 4 territories.

Domestically, the film’s late-night start is slightly better than “The Great Gatsby,” which collected $3.25 million in early late-night grosses. That film ended up with more than $50 million during opening weekend, which would be higher than the projected $40 million upside for “World War Z.”

If that happens, the $190 million-budgeted Par tentpole could have a slightly easier road toward profitability. Much depends on how the film plays overseas, however.

“World War Z” launches day-and-date this weekend in 25 international territories.

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  1. harry georgatos says:

    this is a helluva global zombie apocalypse. If only they left the massive zombie invasion set-piece in Russia in the movie. I could have easily watched another 40 minutes of this extremely solid movie. It should have had a running time of 150 minutes! A lot of successful movies have had running times of uo and over 150 minutes, INCEPTION, AVATAR, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE DARK KNIGHT, LORD OF THE RINGS, MAN OF STEEL and so many more. Looks like Pitt has that essential franchise that actors and studios crave for.

  2. LOL says:

    America lurrves zombies. Make this a hit guys and maybe they’ll start featuring zombies in superhero flicks just to kill two birds with one stone.

  3. The true strength of WORLD WAR Z lies in its (incidental/accidental) genre-mixing narrative, defining effectively a somewhat “new” kind of sci-fi refreshing only by comparison to the endless zombie fantasies and apocalypse dramas reiterated ad infinitum. This film should do far better than a $50-million box office, or way north of its projections, if the temperature of the average movie-goer and general audience is any indication of ennui.

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