LOS ANGELES: ‘Monsters University’ - a prequel to Pixar’s 2001 hit ‘Monsters, Inc’ - buried Brad Pitt zombie flick ‘World War Z’ and took the top spot at the US box office, provisional figures showed Sunday.

The animated movie that tells how monster buddies Mike and Sulley became friends and honed their scaring skills took in $82 million, compared to just $66 million for the apocalyptic blockbuster, on their opening weekend.

Superman reboot “Man of Steel” dropped to third, bringing in $41 million after opening in the top slot last weekend with earnings of $116.6-million.

Coming in fourth was “This is the End,” an apocalyptic comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, which brought in $13 million, according to figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Sleeper hit “Now You See Me,” about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective who hunt down a team of illusionists performing bank heists during their shows, came in fifth with $7.9 million.

Action sequel “Fast & Furious 6,” starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, added another $4.7 million, taking its outright haul to $228 million and putting it in sixth place.–AFP