Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Races Past ‘Wonder Woman’ to No. 1

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This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others.

The big winner is Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which is speeding to $53.5 million from 4,256 locations, putting it in first place. That’s a lower opening than “Cars” ($60.1 million) and “Cars 2” ($66.1 million), but still enough to win the weekend. The first two “Cars” movies combined have made more than $435 million in the U.S. and $1 billion globally. The “Cars” films are far from Disney and Pixar’s highest earners, but “Cars 3” is another example that even a decent opening for the duo is a victory in the big picture.

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The movie comes from director Brian Fee, who was a storyboard artist on the first two “Cars” films, as well as “Ratatouille” and “Wall-E.” The ensemble voice cast of “Cars 3” includes Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DeLaria.

“This, at the end of the day, is a very important franchise for the company,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis, who pointed to the centering of Cristela Alonzo’s Cruz Ramirez in the third installment. “We’re seeing, once again, the power of putting a female protagonist front and center … There is now a new generation of ‘Cars’ fans.”

“Cars 3” bumps “Wonder Woman” out of first place, but the super hero movie continues to show strong. With an estimated $40.7 million from 4,018 locations, the Warner Bros. and DC Comics film is seeing another extremely low drop of 32% from last weekend.

“In a world where the typical superhero blockbuster starts out strong and the quickly fades, ‘Wonder Woman’ sees her star shining even more brightly as time goes on … and that is a rare thing indeed,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore.

Otherwise, Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” from Lionsgate and Summit is beating out expectations with an estimated $27.1 million from 2,471 locations. Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the mythologized rapper. Benny Bloom — who has two feature films and a long list of music videos on his resume — directed the film that explores Shakur’s origins, rise, and imprisonment. The release date aligns with what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

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47 Meters Down” is opening to $11.5 million from 2,270 locations. It’s the first major release from Entertainment Studios, which acquired the project from its original distributor, Dimension Films. Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as sisters who decide to go cage diving, and end up at risk of being attacked by sharks.

Finally, “Rough Night,” a raunchy, fem-centric R-rated comedy from Sony, is on track to earn only $8.1 million from 3,162 locations. The project combines the talents of director and co-writer Lucia Aniello, co-writer and actor Paul W. Downs, and star Ilana Glazer — the three are frequent collaborators on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and “Time Traveling Bong.” Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, and Glazer make up a rowdy girl gang who reunite for a bachelorette weekend that goes horribly wrong.

“It is genuinely a funny movie that was made at the right price, and there is a place for Rough Night as summer counter-programming in the coming weeks,” said Sony’s distribution chief Adrian Smith.

“Rough Night” will land in seventh for the weekend behind its fellow newcomers, “Wonder Woman,” the second weekend of “The Mummy” ($13.9 million) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” ($8.5 million).

In limited release, Focus Features’ “The Book of Henry” is on track to make $1.4 million from 579 locations. “While we’d certainly hoped to be a little quicker out of the gate, we are encouraged that the film is being embraced by audiences who scored it in the high eighties in exit polls,” said Lisa Bunnell, distribution president at Focus Features.

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  1. Jacques Strappe says:

    Good for DC/WB for a change. Copying Marvel in style and tone might not be original but it is a sound decision financially. My only beef with Wonder Woman is Gadot’s acting which I thought was pretty awful.

  2. loco73 says:

    So “Wonder Woman” got beat by the third installment of a movie franchise about talking cars…LOL…I thought she was supposed to be an Amazon warrior…daughter of Zeus and Santa Clause or whatever…

    • LOL this post & the post by “me” further down are obviously Marvel fanboys who are butt hurt because a DCEU movie is doing so well financially & is critically praised. They can’t wrap their puny infantile minds around it, it’s pretty funny & like what Trump would say “sad”.

      • loco73 says:

        Man…are you guys really that dimwitted or did someone lobotomise you in your sleep?!

        “LOL this post & the post by “me” further down are obviously Marvel fanboys who are butt hurt because a DCEU movie is doing so well financially & is critically praised. They can’t wrap their puny infantile minds around it, it’s pretty funny & like what Trump would say “sad”.”

        I don’t care either for Marvel or DC. I saw “Wonder Woman”, and I thought it was overly long, badly acted, with bad pacing and cheesy almost amateurish special effects. A mediocre, run of the mill, superhero movie, not better than any of the other stuff spewed by Marvel or DC. If you enjoyed it, good for you. Some people did, some didn’t…and life goes on….

    • Man1985 says:

      Moron.

      Wonder Wonan got beaten by a new release family movie while WW was in its 3rd weekend.

      Meanwhile it held a 30% drop which is almost unheard of for a super hero movie. $40 million in its 3rd weekend is incredible. It’s the 11th biggest 3rd weekend of alltime. Bigger than Age of Ultron, bigger than Dark Knight Rises, bigger than IM3, and bigger than Civil War. And it might even top TDK’s 3rd weekend if it performs slightly better than estimated (as it has its first 2 weekends already)

      You flippin idiot

      • loco73 says:

        Oh no…you got me!!! I was joking, but of course the insults were needed to be thrown in there, because crazed fanboys can’t tell the difference…as if anyone making a comment or joke at the expense of a movie directly impacts them. You quote all those statistics as if they mean anything. Tell me how has your personal life improved from “Wonder Woman’s” box office success…have you personally made money from it?! Wow talking about being an idiot…

        Have a nice life dingleberry….

  3. Nas says:

    LMAO! Rough Night didn’t even make the top 5. Sony’s only hope this year is Spiderman.

  4. Man1985 says:

    How was yesterday’a report so off?

    You guys claimed that All Eyes on Me had beaten WW for the #2 spot. Also said that AEOM was going to make $30 million and WW was going to make $41 million.

    So you even contracticted yourself with your numbers but still claimed WW would be beaten at #2

  5. I don’t know if beating Wonder Woman by $13 Million in it’s 3rd weekend classifies as “racing” by LOL. Another incredible hold for Wonder Woman, but actually if the numbers hold it’s only a 30.3% drop (according to Box Office Mojo) not 32% which is even more impressive. NEVER underestimate the power of women!!! With how poorly The Mummy was received it really hasn’t had any competition in the market place for a few weeks. It will be interesting to see what it does next weekend with Transformers: The Last Knight opening. If it keeps holding this well it might even beat B v S as the top domestic earner for the DCEU, it needs to beat $330 Million to do so. That would be quite a feat since B v S opened to $166 Million opposed to $103 for Wonder Woman. Shows you what a well made movie & positive word of mouth can do for a movies box office!!!

    • 2pacman says:

      The final chapter of this TRANSFORMERS series will hurt all movies but maybe WONDER WOMAN won’t take as big of a hit as most. Based on this weekend’s numbers, it looks like THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 5, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 will take the brunt of the hit but GUARDIANS is okay as it has made a massive amount of money already. MUMMY, and PIRATES 5 are toast domestically.

    • me says:

      Wow you contradict yourself over and over in your own schizophrenic post. First of all, they use “racing” as a pun (cars, get it?). Second, “never underestimate the power of women”, when you know as well as anyone that this is the first movie in ages starring a woman that has been even remotely successful. And in your very next sentence you realize that it has had no competition, which is why it has been even remotely popular. Third, “shows you what a well made movie and positive word of mouth can do” – right after you acknowledge that BvS, which was critically hated and had lousy word of mouth, still made more money its opening weekend than WW and will probably still make more money.

      Maybe take a rest from the internet for a while.

      • I get the racing pun I’m not an idiot. However, beating a movie that’s been out for 3 weeks by only 13 million isn’t exactly racing past. Yes exactly, Patty Jenkins directed it, it was her vision, that’s why I said never under estimate the power of women, that and a large demographic that went to see the movie were women more so than other superhero movies that centered around a male superhero. The point about no competition is correct that’s why it might be making more money, other movies being released that nobody wanted to see so maybe it’s getting more repeat viewings, but this point was made to not contradict the previous points I was making. B v S made a lot of it’s money on opening night, the fall off even that weekend from day to day was huge. So, the first night fans of Batman & Superman went to see it regardless of critics because they had been waiting to see these two titans in a movie together in forever. Let’s not kid ourselves Batman & Superman are much more popular than Wonder Woman. People went in droves early because of this, after that it fell off hard. So, maybe you should just shut up. It’s obvious you just wanted to put me down because 1) you either hated Wonder Woman 2) your a marvel fan & are upset Wonder Woman is doing so well. I was simply posting about Wonder Woman’s success it’s you that had to come on here spewing nasty s***. Grow up little boy!!!

  6. Hire Fresh Blood!! says:

    Rough Night is DOA, just say it. They ripped their entire premise from another movie, which also bombed, btw, and are about 3 years behind the curve on the raunchy females sub genre. Completely calculated…wrongly…bomb.

  7. Joyce Tyler says:

    Missing her already. Might have to see Wonder Woman again.

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