Cars 3 Box Office: Pixar Wins, But There's A Catch

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Pixar roared back to them top of the box office this weekend as Cars 3 managed to top Wonder Woman, which still performed extremely well in its third weekend. Here's this weekend's chart:

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There are a number of interesting plotlines developing at the box office, starting with Cars 3 pushing aside the competition and managing to cross the finish line (I'm sorry... too easy) ahead of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman and four other newcomers in local multiplexes. It's a win, and a bit of a loss for Pixar, as the estimated $53 million opening weekend (according to BoxOfficeMojo) was enough for a first place finish, but nowhere near worthy of the top openings in Pixar history. In fact, so long as the number holds, Cars 3 will open to a lower number than the original Cars ($60M) and even Cars 2 ($66M), a sequel many say is inferior to Cars 3 on numerous levels.

Does this mean interest is waning in Pixar, in general, or in the Cars franchise specifically? I'd guess the latter, and a strong showing for Coco later this year could brighten Pixar's already shining star. Though in truth, the competition for the family dollar is thin at the moment, so I fully expected Cars 3 to do better. It will be interesting to see how another animated part three, Despicable Me 3, does when it hits theaters on June 30.

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Wonder Woman, meanwhile, continued to show an incredible hold in its third weekend, dropping an estimated 30% from the previous weekend (ridiculously good for a summer tentpole) and pushing its domestic cume to $274.6M. Globally, Patty Jenkins' origin story sits at $571M, but it won't be long before it catches and passes Man of Steel ($668M) and Suicide Squad ($745M) in the DCEU.

Of the four additional movies that opened this weekend, the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me performed the best, earning an estimated $27 million, good for a third place finish. Some predicted that All Eyez on Me could enjoy a significant turnout, similar to what the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton did in 2015. It didn't hit those numbers -- Compton opened to $60.2M -- but word of mouth might help the movie continue to do well in coming weeks.

The news wasn't quite as good for Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry. Despite the fact that Trevorrow is coming off of Jurassic World and is poised to take over the Star Wars franchise, his offbeat melodrama bottomed out with $1.4M, likely torpedoed by poor reviews.

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