LOS ANGELES — Disney’s “Monsters University” was 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,” $66 million, and Superman himself in “Man of Steel,” $41.2 million.
“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.”
Funeral set for ‘Sopranos’ star
NEW YORK — The funeral for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of Gandolfini’s family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The 51-year-old star of “The Sopranos” died Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack.
New ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ album on the way
NEW YORK — Earth, Wind and Fire initially wanted to release its new album around the 2012 presidential election, but the band realized it wasn’t satisfied with the songs it created.
“We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better,” singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview.
“Now, Then & Forever,” the group’s first album in eight years, will be released Sept. 10.