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Box Office: ‘All Eyez on Me’ Tops ‘Cars 3’ With $3.1 Million on Thursday Night

Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” has opened impressively with $3.1 million on Thursday night at 2,000 sites in North America, topping Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which raced to $2.8 million.

Shark-attack drama “47 Meters Down” bit into $735,000 during preview screenings, while the raunchy comedy “Rough Night” made $700,000.

Lionsgate’s “All Eyez on Me,” starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., has been tracking in the $17 million to $22 million range at 2,471 sites for this weekend. It’s opening on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

Music video director Benny Boom helmed “All Eyez on Me,” titled after Shakur’s fourth studio album. Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. The film is being released by Lionsgate’s Codeblack label.

Cars 3’s” Thursday-night gross is in the same range as 2013’s “Monsters University,” another Pixar sequel that opened with $2.6 million in previews on its way to a $82.4 million opening weekend.

The movie, starring Owen Wilson as racer Lightning McQueen, is expected to lead the weekend with $55 million to $65 million at 4,256 locations. Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which has dominated the past two frames, should follow with about $30 million.

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“Cars 3” focuses on a past-his-prime Lightning McQueen making a comeback and dealing with new rival Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer. The voice cast also includes Cristela Alonzo, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DeLaria.

Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on the first two “Cars” films, directed from a script by Bob Peterson, Kiel Murray, and Mike Rich.

“Cars” opened domestically with $60 million in 2006 on its way to a $244 million total and $462 million worldwide. “Cars 2” took in $66 million in its launch and wound up with $191 million in North America and $562 million worldwide.

Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” earned $6 million at 4,165 venues on Thursday, lifting its 14-day domestic take to $233.8 million.

Sony’s “Rough Night” has been forecast to finish in the $12 million to $14 million range at 3,162 locations. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, and Ilana Glazer portray friends reunited for a bachelorette weekend that goes off the rails.

Entertainment Studios is opening “47 Meters Down,” starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, amid muted expectations in the $5 million range at 2,300 venues.

“Cars 3” has received decent support from critics, earning a 62% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, followed by “47 Meters Down” with 51%, “Rough Night at 50%, and “All Eyez on Me” with 24%.

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