×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

Popular on Variety

“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%.

More Film

  • Prince Dead

    'Purple Rain,' 'Clerks, 'She's Gotta Have It' Added to National Film Registry

    “Purple Rain,” “Clerks,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Amadeus,” “Sleeping Beauty,””Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Last Waltz” are among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The list also includes 1944’s “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning performance; the 1955 film noir “The Phenix City Story,” [...]

  • 6 Underground

    Michael Bay's '6 Underground': Film Review

    If “6 Underground” were opening in theaters, you’d want to be sure to get there on time. Within the first six minutes, Michael Bay destroys a plane, a motorcycle, three cars, countless pedestrians, and the dignity of three Italian nuns. I’m fairly certain that Ryan Reynolds — who heads up the film’s off-the-grid vigilante squad, [...]

  • Juliette Binoche (L) and Catherine Deneuve

    Macao Festival: Juliette Binoche Tells 'The Truth' About Acting

    It’s hard for Juliette Binoche to think about her recent career trajectory from a bird’s eye view as she hurtles along within it. She has put out five films in the past two years. Her latest is Hirokazu Kore-eda’s French-language drama “The Truth,” which is getting her Oscar buzz for her role opposite Catherine Deneuve. [...]

  • Kathy Bates Walk of Fame Honor

    Kathy Bates Erroneously Submitted for Lead Actress in SAG Awards Race (EXCLUSIVE)

    If dark horse awards contender Kathy Bates is absent in the best supporting actress category come tomorrow’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, don’t be too quick to put in on her performance in “Richard Jewell.” A clerical error was made by the Clint Eastwood film’s distributor Warner Bros., an insider with knowledge of the mixup [...]

  • Kasi LemmonsNew York Women in Film

    Kasi Lemmons, Jane Rosenthal, Ann Dowd Talk Golden Globes Female Director Snub

    The absence of women among director nominees for the Golden Globes is another example of how much work remains to be done to achieve gender parity in the entertainment industry, honorees said Tuesday night at the 40th annual Muse Awards presented by New York Women in Film and Television. “Harriet” director Kasi Lemmons, “The Irishman” [...]

  • Queen & Slim

    How 'Queen & Slim' Production Designer Karen Murphy Mapped Out the Duo's Route

    “Queen & Slim” is a social commentary packaged as a film, beginning with a bang. It kicks off when Queen (Jodi Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) shoot a police officer in self-defense and find themselves on the run. Slim somewhat innocently thinks his action will be justified in court, but Queen, a weathered prosecutor, knows [...]

  • Kevin Costner Diane Lane

    Film News Roundup: Kevin Costner-Diane Lane Thriller 'Let Him Go' Set for August

    In today’s film news roundup, “Let Him Go” will open against “Bill and Ted Face the Music”; “Paradise Found” is in the works; “The Irishman” leads the way for AACTA International Awards nominations; and principal photography has wrapped on “Quiet in My Town.” RELEASE DATE Focus Features has set an Aug. 21 release date for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content