Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney’s ‘‘Monsters University’’ is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit ‘‘Monsters, Inc.,’’ debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in ‘‘World War Z’’ and Superman himself in ‘‘Man of Steel.’’ ‘‘The diversity of this weekend is part of what makes this business so great,’’ said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution. ‘‘It’s a really extraordinary weekend for the industry.’’ Paramount’s Brad Pitt zombie romp overcame critical advance publicity to open in second place with $66 million. Media reports months ahead of the film’s opening chronicled its problems, including a revamped ending that delayed its release. Rewrites and reshoots sent the film over budget. It ended up reportedly costing more than $200 million to make, but early reviews were positive. Warner Bros. ‘‘Man of Steel’’ was third at the box office, adding another $41.2 million to its coffers and bringing its domestic ticket sales over $210 million in just the second week of release. The Sony comedy ‘‘This Is the End,’’ which stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill as versions of themselves trapped in a mansion during the apocalypse, finished in fourth place. Summit Entertainment’s magic-heist thriller ‘‘Now You See Me’’ held onto fifth place in its fourth week in theaters. Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday. (AP)
Crystal helps raise $1m for Sandy relief effort
Billy Crystal has helped raise $1 million to rebuild his native beach town on New York’s Long Island hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy. The ‘‘City Slickers’’ and ‘‘When Harry Met Sally’’ star announced the gift to the city of Long Beach on Saturday, while standing on a newly installed patch of the town’s boardwalk. Newsday reports $112,000 of the gift will come from Crystal’s family. The $888,000 is coming from money he helped raise at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fund-raiser in March, an event that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Crystal made the announcement before hundreds of beachgoers. Officials hope part of a new $44 million boardwalk will be completed by mid-July. (AP)
Gandolfini’s body leaves Rome, report says
The Italian news agency ANSA says the body of actor James Gandolfini departed Rome en route to the United States. ANSA did not cite any sources but published a photo showing airport workers loading a coffin identified as that of “The Sopranos’’ star onto a plane. The agency says the private plane took off at 6 p.m. Sunday. Its exact US destination was unclear. Family spokesman Michael Kobold earlier told reporters the ‘‘provisional plan’’ was to repatriate Gandolfini’s body Monday. Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday in Rome. Kobold has said an autopsy revealed the cause was a heart attack. Authorities have not released the report. The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday. (AP)
Prince William is best man
It wasn’t quite a royal wedding, but with Prince William as best man and a Hogwarts castle as the setting it certainly caused a stir in Britain’s media. William was attending Saturday’s marriage of his close friend, Thomas van Straubenzee, to Melissa Percy, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Prince Harry also attended the event at Alnwick Castle, the bride’s family home, which was used in some of the ‘‘Harry Potter’’ movies. William’s wife, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, did not attend — though her sister, Pippa Middleton, did. Other guests included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph featured the wedding on their front pages Sunday, calling it the ‘‘society wedding of the year.’’ (AP)
“Good game @NHLBlackhawks. See you in 6!” — A Saturday-night tweet from polite Bruins fan John Krasinski.