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Monster Friday Opening for Monsters, Inc.

(November 3, 2001 - by Disney and Pixar's Monsters, Inc. opened huge on Friday, bringing in $17.4 million on its opening night. If the pace continues, Monsters, Inc. will easily surpass $45 million for the weekend. The opening blew away Shrek's Friday opening last May of $11.5 million.

Monsters, Inc. also received outstanding ratings from those who viewed the movie on Friday night. According to Cinemascore ratings, audiences gave the movie an average of an A+ rating, making Monsters, Inc. the highest rated movie of the year, surpassing the even the audience ratings for Shrek. The news isn't a suprise to Disney and Pixar, however, as last may test screen audiences gave Monsters, Inc. the highest test screening ratings of any past Pixar movie.

Several reports from people in attendance indicate, in general, two rounds of applause during screenings. The first was after Pixar's animated short - "For the Birds" - and the second at the conclusion of Monsters, Inc. Many people that stayed for the credits expressed disappointment that Pixar didn't attach any outtakes from the movie.

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